While travelling in India after graduating, Ben Meldrum, 40, learnt how to make traditional metal puzzles from a street seller in Calcutta. He then set up a business selling them from a stall in Covent Garden, before establishing Professor Puzzle in 2002. The London-based company designs its metal and wooden toys and puzzles in the UK, and sells through stockists such as Marks & Spencer and the US bookseller Barnes & Noble. Turnover rose to £8m this year. The company is now expanding its range of summer garden games to complement its Christmas gifts.

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Company details
CompanyProfessor Puzzle
ActivityPuzzle retailer
LocationSouthwest London
Annual sales rise over 3 years76.87%
Latest sales £000s*8,002

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