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
ActivityHair products supplier
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*150.4
Operating profit £m*28.5
Main shareholdersLion Capital (87%), management (13%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda