This Coventry-based manufacturer of smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms claims to supply all Britain’s fire and rescue services. In 2010 US competitor BRK Brands, a 29.9% stakeholder in Sprue, licensed the company the rights to all its European operations. Under chairman Graham Whitworth and co-founder Nick Rutter, business has thrived as legal requirements for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have become more stringent. Sales grew 60% a year, from £7.3m in 2007 to £29.9m in 2010.
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