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The basics

Company name: Ceuta Healthcare
What they do: Builds, sells and markets health and beauty brands
Headquarters: Bournemouth
The Boss: Edwin Bessant

The financials

Latest turnover (?,000): 53,697
Four-year compound sales growth (%): 46
Latest Ebitda (?,000): 2,925

The details

Through partnerships with manufacturers both in the UK and abroad, Ceuta Healthcare provides total management and representation of brands in various trade channels, including pharmacy, grocery and health foods.

Ceuta was set up in 1994 by Edwin Bessant and Annette DAbreo when they saw an opportunity for a company to represent overseas businesses in Britain. Set up with a £100,000 loan from the then-Department for Trade and Industry and ?80,000 of their own startup capital, the pair have grown the company to now employ 185 staff who represent brands in 98 different markets. Ceuta works with both smaller brands and large multinationals, such as Procter & Gamble. The company turns over £53.7m and has almost tripled sales in three years. Pre-tax profits are £2.9m.

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