From its founding in 1944, four generations of Ward family members have helped to build this scrap metal recycling business. Based in Derbyshire, the company collects scrap from all over Britain and sends the recycled metal to foundries and steelworks worldwide. For more than 60 years it concentrated on the home market, but four years ago it took the plunge into exports and looked for new customers in emerging markets, particularly India and the Pacific Rim. As a result, international sales soared 252% a year from £1.7m in 2009 to £20.6m in 2011.
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