Managing Director, Rob Downham, launched Telesoft Design in early 1989, using his engineering background and a credit card. His Dorset-based company sells telephony switches around the world – its latest instalments were in Nigeria and Thailand — that enable international networks to communicate. Last year, it opened an American subsidiary. Clients include British Telecom and Mercury. In 1997 sales hit £6.4m and employees numbered 35. Telesoft Design’s return on sales is among the highest on the league table at 42%.
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