This Kent firm makes children’s mattresses and furniture, including educational carpets and soft play seating. It has a factory in Romania and sells via a network of distributors and retailers to nurseries, schools and parents in the US, Europe and Middle East, where its new range of children’s mattresses is proving popular. Chief executive Jan van der Velde, 54, set up Kit for Kids in 1993 and has overseen an expansion in exports to £2.5m in 2017. Last August’s £3.7m investment from Connection Capital will drive international growth.
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