The British heritage of its handmade toothbrushes, hairbrushes, combs and clothes brushes has made this company a fashionable brand in countries such as India and Taiwan. The Hemel Hempstead manufacturer was founded in 1777, and bought by the Cosby family in 1932. Under chairman Alan Cosby, 68, exports rose to £2.4m in 2015, a third of which was generated in the US. The growth was helped by new products and marketing campaigns.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank87
CompanyKent Brushes
ActivityBrush manufacturer
LocationHemel Hempstead
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa35.93%
International sales £000s2,415
Total sales £000s6,829
Staff47
Founded1777
Websitewww.kentbrushes.com

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