This adventure-course operator lets its customers play Tarzan for a day, swinging, climbing and crawling through an assortment of tree-top obstacles. Founder and “chief gorilla” Tristram Mayhew was formerly a captain in the British Army. He and his wife, Rebecca, had the idea for the company in 2001 while on holiday in the Auvergne National Forest in France. Go Ape now operates 26 centres across Britain, and this year its canopy adventure took off in the United States. Sales rose by 44% a year, from £3.6m in 2006 to £10.6m in 2009.

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Company details
Year2010
Rank100
CompanyGo Ape
ActivityAdventure course operator
LocationSuffolk
Annual sales rise over 3 years43.57%
Latest sales £000s10,572
Staff249
Founded2002
Websitewww.goape.co.uk

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