International Track 200

This Staffordshire business is Britain’s largest private provider of childcare services, operating 359 UK nurseries and 550 sites in total, caring for more than 50,000 children across the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, China and Australia. In 2017, it acquired Canadian nursery group BrightPath for £93m, which helped international sales rise to £94.9m. Last year, it announced plans to open 32 nurseries in China over the next five years. Chief executive Simon Irons, 56, heads the group.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank184
CompanyBusy Bees
ActivityNurseries operator
LocationStaffordshire
2-yr av intl sales growth pa35.44%
International sales £000s94,866
Total sales £000s327,491
Staff9,979
Founded1983
Websitewww.busybees.com

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