These quirky folding bikes are built by hand in London from 1,200 mostly specially-made parts. Founder Andrew Richie, 67, designed his first Brompton in 1975 and managing director Will Butler-Adams, 40, has since driven expansion. Three-quarters of the 40,000 bikes made each year are exported to 44 countries, generating £19.4m in 2014. Its first British shop opened in Covent Garden last year, adding to sites in Kobe, Shanghai, Hamburg and Amsterdam.
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