Founder and chief executive Keith Knowles, 56, has built this business from a single bar in Covent Garden. The company now runs hostels, bars and pubs in 10 European cities, including Paris and Amsterdam, helping it generate international sales of £18.2m last year. Its brands include the backpacker hostels St Christopher’s Inns, and Belushi’s, a sports bar and restaurant.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank133
CompanyBeds and Bars
ActivityHostel and bar operator
LocationCentral London
2-yr av intl sales growth pa26.96%
International sales £000s18,174
Total sales £000s35,834
Staff485
Founded1994
Websitewww.bedsandbars.com

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