Milton Keynes firms praised for doing bit for Britain in the world

Bob Adams, left, chairman and MD of Beardow Adams, with Nick Beardow
Bob Adams, left, chairman and MD of Beardow Adams, with Nick Beardow
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A MILTON Keynes adhesive maker has been identified as being one of Britain’s top exporters.

Beardow Adams, in Blundells Road Bradville, was named by the Sunday Times at the weekend as the 10th biggest privately owned, exporting manufacturer in terms of value.

The company, founded in 1977, was featured in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200. Now with 125 staff, Beardow Adams supplies adhesives for packaging, labelling, woodworking, bookbinding and product assembly to customers such as Unilever and Coca-Cola.

Even though it filled 193rd spot with a 22 per cent increase in international sales to £45.8million, Beardow Adams finished much higher in terms of its overall sales. The company plans to open a new factory in Charlotte, America, later this year.

The company’s Nick Beardow said recognition was great for Beardow Adams, the adhesives industry and Milton Keynes.

Two other Milton Keynes firms were identified in the top 200. Schools operator Cognita and health club operator Virgin Active are among 36 south east companies listed. Cognita, in Opal Drive, Eastlake Park, is in 129th place after seeing a 32 per cent increase in international sales. It has acquired 11 schools overseas in the last six years. Virgin Active, in 198th place, saw a 21 per cent increase in international sales.