The inspiration for this business came from Japan, where founder and managing director Tony Sanguinetti, 50, was struck by how the Japanese use liquid supplements in their health regimes. Minerva’s first product – Pure Gold Collagen, a liquid food supplement – was launched in 2011 after two years of development. Its products, all made in Japan, are now sold in pharmacies throughout the world. Growth in Italy and the Middle East helped international sales hit £2.5m in 2016.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank26
CompanyMinerva Research Labs
ActivityCosmetics supplement developer
LocationCentral London
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa93.60%
International sales £000s*2,536
Total sales £000s*6,324
Staff37
Founded2009
Websitewww.gold-collagen.com

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