Brothers Emmanuel, 34, and Frank Eribo, 32, together with friends Mark Quaradeghini, 34, and Philippe Homsy, 33, started making comfortable, foldable shoes in 2009, after one of them lost a bet and had to attend a fancy dress party in 6-inch heels. Butterfly Twists’ pumps, trainers, wellies and sandals are now sold in 60 countries, including Japan and the US, and exports grew to £4.9m last year.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank83
CompanyButterfly Twists
ActivityFootwear designer
LocationWest London
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa38.43%
International sales £000s*4,877
Total sales £000s*6,500
Staff40
Founded2007
Websitewww.butterflytwists.com

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