Helen Swaby made her hobby her business in 1990. De Montfort Fine Art has grown to supply prints, watercolours, oils and sculpture by contemporary British artists to 4,000 galleries worldwide. Selling work by international artists such as Adam Barsby, De Montfort has boosted its sales 128% a year from £290,000 in 1998 to £3.4m in 2001, when the Staffordshire firm had 31 staff.
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