International Track 200

Led by chief executive Simon Irons, 57, this Staffordshire business cares for more than 57,000 children in 640 nurseries worldwide. In 2018, the group acquired 42 nurseries in Australia, helping international sales reach £161.2m. Last year, Busy Bees entered the American market when it bought 19 nurseries in Connecticut. It also expanded in Europe with the acquisitions of the Italian childcare provider Doremi and 21 nurseries around Dublin.

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Company details
Year2020
Rank67
CompanyBusy Bees
ActivityNurseries operator
LocationStaffordshire
2-yr av intl sales growth pa59.13%
International sales £000s161,185
Total sales £000s432,355
Staff11,554
Founded1983
Websitewww.busybees.com

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