Tensator Group

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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Company details
CompanyTensator Group
ActivityQueue control specialist
LocationMilton Keynes
Annual profit growth64.59%
Latest profits £000s3,375
Latest sales £000s28,817

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