National treasures: best of British

They say Brits don't blow their own trumpets enough - so MT showcases five businesses that are quietly forging ahead, even in these tough times.

by MT Staff

The UK's largest bike maker has turned its hand-crafted folding bicycles into a global hit

Like so many great British artefacts, Brompton's eccentric folding bicycle is a product of confident amateurism. For 10 years, Brompton wasn't so much under-capitalised as not capitalised at all. Founder-designer Andrew Ritchie sold his bikes to friends.

My own lovingly acquired and patiently fettled Brompton was a perfect symbol of Britain at its best. High performance, but intelligent and responsible too.

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