ghd

This Leeds hair products supplier has a brand synonymous with hair straighteners – its “ghds” are sold worldwide. In 2011, it launched its first hairdryer, the ghd Air, and this year unveiled its new styler, the ghd Eclipse. The firm is led by chief executive Paul Stoneham, 51. In February, Lion Capital backed a reported £300m management buyout from Montagu Private Equity.

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Company details
Year2013
Rank216
Companyghd
ActivityHair products supplier
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*150.4
Operating profit £m*28.5
Main shareholdersLion Capital (87%), management (13%)
Staff672
Founded2001
Websitewww.ghdhair.com

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda