SME Export Track 100

Travelling in India after graduating, Ben Meldrum, 40, learnt how to make traditional metal puzzles from a street seller in Calcutta — then began selling them from a stall in Covent Garden. He established Professor Puzzle in 2002. The London company designs its metal and wood toys and puzzles, and sells through stockists in France, Germany and the US, including the bookseller Barnes & Noble. Exports rose to £3.5m last year.

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Company details
CompanyProfessor Puzzle
ActivityPuzzle maker
LocationCentral London
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa56.65%
International sales £000s*3,467
Total sales £000s*8,002

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* Supplied by company † Annualised figure