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This Staffordshire business is Britain’s largest private provider of childcare services, caring for more than 50,000 children in the UK, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Canada, Ireland and Australia. It operates 600 nurseries in total, including 375 in the UK. Group chief executive Simon Irons, 56, led the acquisition of Foundation Early Learning in Australia, along with a number of smaller acquisitions in the UK, Canada and Malaysia, all of which boosted sales 32% to £432.4m in 2018.

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Company details
CompanyBusy Bees
ActivityNurseries operator
Sales £m432.4
Operating profit £m16.7
Main shareholdersOntario teachers Pension Plan (>50%), Temasek and management (<50%)

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