International Track 200

Led by group chief executive Simon Irons, 58, this Staffordshire firm cares for 57,000 children in nine countries. To counter the spread of the virus in its 657 nurseries worldwide, it uses temperature checks, enhanced cleaning, play in smaller groups and more time outdoors. The acquisition of 66 nurseries in 2019 — including in Australia, America and Vietnam — helped boost international sales to £239.1 million in the same year.

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Company details
Year2021
Rank63
CompanyBusy Bees
ActivityNurseries operator
LocationStaffordshire
2-yr av intl sales growth pa58.75%
International sales £000s239,069
Total sales £000s527,869
Staff12,848
Founded1983
Websitewww.busybees.com

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