In 2011 former Apprentice contestant Susan Ma, 28, convinced Lord Sugar to take a 50% stake in her vegan skincare business. Today the company has 5,000 brand ambassadors who sell its natural beauty products to friends and family at “pamper party” events across the UK. Tropic says its personalised service and plant-derived products have won loyal customers, helping sales rise to £7.5m this year. The company continues to invest in research at its Surrey headquarters, where it manufactures, markets and distributes products such as tamanu plant healing balm.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank14
CompanyTropic
ActivitySkincare manufacturer
LocationCroydon
Annual sales rise over 3 years131.32%
Latest sales £000s*7,541
Staff55
Founded2011
Websitewww.tropicskincare.com

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