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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