This company was founded 200 years ago in Liverpool as a shipbuilder and locomotive manufacturer but now sells electronic products such as cables and car radio antennas. Customers including Cisco, Microsoft and Amazon helped sales grow 17% to £937m in 2017. The company’s delisting in July last year in a £1bn takeover by US private equity firm Advent International was led by chief executive Tony Quinlan, 53; Laird has now divided into three separate entities.
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