One of this company’s most successful products is an armoured vehicle that it supplies for peace-keeping and humanitarian missions in such places as Bosnia and Kosovo. The vehicles protect the occupants from land mines and snipers. The success of these products has helped to drive up Trading Force’s sales by 75% a year from £1.5m in 1997 to £8.2m in 2000, when it employed 21 staff. The London company was founded in 1992 by Francis Le Carpentier, formerly a property developer in Marbella, and his friend, David Ashburn. It started out supplying UN troops with cookers and electrical items in Belgrade, but now supplies Nato and the American Department of Defense with anything from portable blast walls and mine-detection equipment to water-purification systems.
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