The British heritage of its hair and shaving products has made this company a fashionable brand in countries such as India and Taiwan. Founded in 1777, the Hemel Hempstead business was bought by the Cosby family in 1932. Under chairman Alan Cosby, 67, exports rose to £2m in 2014.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank92
CompanyKent Brushes
ActivityBrush manufacturer
LocationHemel Hempstead
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa36.03
International sales £000s1,968
Total sales £000s5,767
Staff40
Founded1777
Websitewww.kentbrushes.com

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