Persuading a Latvian astrophysicist to sell her amara.com domain name helped this Essex firm reach new customers, and exports hit £2m last year. Founded in 2005 by husband and wife team Samantha and Andrew Hood, 47 and 50 respectively, the online retailer sells home furniture globally and has websites in the US, Australia, France and UAE.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank11
CompanyAmara
ActivityHome furniture online retailer
LocationEssex
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa128.84
International sales £000s*1,999
Total sales £000s*5,360
Staff45
Founded2005
Websitewww.amara.com

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