Susie Ma, 30, sold her first product at Greenwich market, southeast London, aged 15. Eight years later in 2011, after appearing on The Apprentice, she convinced Lord (Alan) Sugar, 72, to take a 50% stake in her natural skincare business. It has 12,000 self-employed brand ambassadors who sell its products through “Pamper Experiences” across the UK. Crafting the range of skincare, make-up and recently launched haircare products is a team of “chefs”, working at its “beauty kitchen” in Surrey. Profits reached £5.1 m in 2018, helped by the growing demand for ethical products — everything it sells is vegan and cruelty free.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank24
CompanyTropic Skincare
ActivityBeauty products manufacturer
LocationCroydon
Annual profit growth85.40%
Latest profits £000s5,126
Latest sales £000s22,682
Staff106
Founded2011
Websitewww.tropicskincare.com

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