Mark Smith, a qualified chiropodist, found that hiring out sunbeds was a fine way to use the spare rooms at his Cheshire practice. As interest increased he looked into making sunbeds himself, which led him to found Sunquest Tanning Systems in 1998. The company now makes full tanning systems, including horizontal and vertical units and UV-free spray tanning booths, at its Denton factory. Customers include tanning salon chains such as Premier International and health clubs like Virgin Active. The company’s sales have grown 64% a year from £1.4m in 2000 to £6m in 2003. It recently extended its business by launching a laser machine for whitening teeth.
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