More than 32,000 businesses around the world use this Buckinghamshire firm’s recruitment and development assessment tools. It was founded in 1981 by Ray and Doreen Reed, 77 and 76, offering one paper-based test to help companies understand their employees’ workplace behaviours. It now has a suite of online assessments covering areas including emotional intelligence, employee engagement and high potential, as well as specific evaluations for use in sport and education. Its network of distributors in 60 countries helped boost international sales to £6.8m in 2017. Last year, it was acquired by private equity firm Palamon Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum, with chief executive Amir Qureshi, 50, taking a minority stake.
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