Helphire Group has been listed on the Indy 100, The Independent's new share index designed to reflect the health of the economy.

The index is designed to broadly reflect the health of the UK economy.

A panel of The Independent's financial journalists, chose from the 1,000-plus biggest companies on the full list and junior AIM market.

Stephen Foley of The Independent said: “This newspaper's aim is to produce a measure of the UK stock market that is representative of the UK's diverse economy, in a way that the premier index, the FTSE 100 - dominated as it is by world champion companies operating in a globalised world - cannot any longer be.

Helphire Group's finance director David Lindsay said: “We are delighted to be included within the newly formed Indy 100 index and be considered as a benchmark for the UK economy. We have experienced significant growth in sales and profits since 2000 with our share price rising from 70p to 370p.”