This Milton Keynes company claims it invented the retractable barriers used to control queues in airport terminals, retailers and leisure venues. Tensator’s range of products also includes the electronic call-forward systems used by retailers and banks. The Riverside Company, a global private-equity firm, backed a primary buyout for an undisclosed amount from Tensator’s founder, Jeremy Williman, in 2008. Profits have grown 65% a year from an annualised £757,000 in 2005 to £3.4m in 2008, boosted by the success of the group’s in-queue impulse-purchase displays and by the sourcing of cheaper parts from Asia.
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