This Hull company has supplied more than 40m smart cards and travel tokens used by travel operators and cities throughout the UK, and internationally by clients such as the Pittsburgh and Milwaukee transit authorities. Founded in 1994 by managing director Terry Dunn, 62, ESP provides the infrastructure behind travel smart cards, from issuing the cards to call centres and data management. Large orders from big customers and the growth of smart ticketing systems pushed sales to £53.4m in 2014. It is also moving into virtual ticketing for smartphones, and plans to go on expanding internationally.
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