This Leeds firm sells hair rollers, irons and wands through distributors in 14 countries, including Australia, Germany and the US. It was set up in 2009 by former hairdresser Robert Powls, 68, a founder of the hair products firm ghd, and is now run by his stepsons Martin, 48, and Gavin Rae, 46. Exports rose to £3.9m in 2013.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank85
CompanyCloud Nine Hair
ActivityHair product manufacturer
LocationLeeds
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa37.48
International sales £000s3,885
Total sales £000s6,617
Staff18
Founded2009
Websitewww.cloudninehair.com

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