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Workplace safety specialist Arco was founded in 1884 and originally made tennis balls for Wimbledon. The Hull-based company now sells a range of 22,000 items of safety clothing and equipment, such as high-visibility vests and heavy-duty boots, and its clients include the Royal Navy, the international express delivery and logistics company DHL and Toyota. The business has 40 branches in Britain and Ireland, a subsidiary in India and operations in China. Sales reached £230m in 2011 under fourth-generation family member Thomas Martin and joint managing director Nicholas Hildyard.

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Company details
ActivitySafety equipment supplier
Sales £m*230.0
Operating profit £m*8.7
Main shareholdersMartin family (93%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda