Managing director David Field, 57, started out by selling imported goods from China at local car boot sales in 2011. The Colchester-based company now sells stationery and craft items such as pens, pencils, watercolours and brushes via Amazon and eBay and through its own website. Stocked brands include Bic and Staedtler, and sales grew to £9.5m in the year to February, helped by international growth, which accounts for 13% of sales. Since March, it has increased staff numbers by 20 to cope with higher demand.
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