Brompton Bicycle

Brompton Bicycle

Name: Brompton Bicycle
Founded: 1976
Location: London, U.K.
Employees: 190 +

The Brompton folding bicycle is a design classic, enabling cyclists around the world to take their bike with them almost anywhere. All of Brompton's bikes are designed and built in London, where the company was founded in 1976 by Andrew Ritchie, who started designing the bike in his flat.

A private company with more than 190 staff, today the Brompton Bicycle is sold in 42 export markets around the world. In the last financial year the company's turnover was just over £27 million.

The company states on its website that remaining private, "has played a big part in making Brompton successful as we have always been able to focus solely on the bike, never the demands of corporate shareholders."

"The Brompton was conceived as a product that increases people's sense of independence and freedom, and this concept is still at the heart of everything we do," Will Butler-Adams, Managing Director at Brompton Bicycle, told CNBC.com in an email.

"All our bikes are made in London because we don't trust anyone else to do the important bits; the result is a folding bike that delivers. It's what makes us a great British brand, and importantly it means we can uphold the reputation for quality we have earned over the years," Butler-Adams added.