This Bristol animation studio, famous for hits such as Wallace & Gromit, was founded in 1976 by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, both 64. Overseas sales are three quarters of revenue. Licensing deals have led to a Shaun the Sheep cafe and theme park in China and its own channel in Indonesia. The acquisition of US animation firm Nathan Love for an undisclosed sum in 2015 also boosted international sales to £19.7m in 2016.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank114
CompanyAardman
ActivityAnimated film producer
LocationBristol
2-yr av intl sales growth pa44.44%
International sales £000s19,748
Total sales £000s26,293
Staff256
Founded1976
Websitewww.aardman.com

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