Chairman Fred Done, 74, opened his first shop in 1967, using £250,000 he had won betting that England would win the 1966 World Cup. Betfred now operates an online gaming service and nearly 1,700 betting shops. Last year, it acquired 322 stores from Ladbrokes and Gala Coral for £55m, after a £195m refinancing.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank15
CompanyBetfred
ActivityBookmaker
LocationWarrington
Sales £m578.7
Operating profit £m40
Main shareholdersFred and Peter Done and family (100%)
Staff6,124
Founded1967
Websitewww.betfredcorporate.com

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