In the late 18th century, Charles Tennant revolutionised the linen trade by creating bleaching powder. Today Tennants, the company he founded, is owned by the Alexander family and makes more than 3,000 chemicals, from adhesives to swimming pool treatments, and distributes them across the world. As a key supplier to industries at the forefront of fighting the coronavirus, the company has continued to operate throughout the pandemic. Under group chairman Paul Alexander, 66, sales reached £522.1m in 2019.
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