Humans can release their inner ape for a day with this Suffolk company that has 22 tree-top adventure courses across Britain. Go Ape was founded in 2002 by Tristram and Rebecca Mayhew after a holiday in the Auvergne National Forest in France. The duo now say that nearly 2m customers have completed their courses, typically in groups including stag and hen parties and corporate away days. Because of the recession, the company delayed opening one site earlier this year and scrapped plans for a course in Glasgow but it is still planning to expand into America and Australia next year. Sales have grown 60% a year from £2.1m in 2005 to £8.5m in 2008.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank82
CompanyGo Ape
ActivityAdventure course operator
LocationSuffolk
Annual sales rise over 3 years60.19%
Latest sales £000s8,479
Staff198
Founded2002
Websitewww.goape.co.uk

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