Brompton builds about 70,000 of its folding bikes — including electric-powered ones — by hand in London each year, selling them in the UK and exporting worldwide. This year, to meet soaring demand from new and existing riders, it is planning to recruit 200 staff, increase investment in its production facilities and accelerate new product innovation. Led by chief executive Will Butler-Adams, 46, it lent bikes for free to NHS staff during the pandemic, and also started selling directly to consumers through a new website. Profits grew to £6 million in the year to March 2020.
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