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Led by group chief executive Simon Irons, 57, this Staffordshire business cares for 57,000 children in more than 650 nurseries worldwide. During lockdown it kept more than 100 of its 357 UK nurseries open to provide childcare for 5,000 children of key workers and NHS staff, and those considered vulnerable. It has installed regular temperature checks, enhanced cleaning, play in smaller groups and more time outdoors to keep children and staff safe, and reopened fully in the UK in June. Last year sales rose 22% to hit £527.9m.

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Company details
Year2020
Rank18
CompanyBusy Bees
ActivityNurseries operator
LocationStaffordshire
Sales £m527.9*
Operating profit £m19.1*
Main shareholdersOntario teachers Pension Plan (>50%), Temasek and management (<50%)
Staff12,848
Founded1983
Websitewww.busybees.com

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* supplied by company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda