When Bill Collison, 54, rebuilt his Sussex greengrocers after flood damage in 2000, he added a cafe, which grew into a restaurant. A second restaurant followed and the chain now has more than 70 sites across the UK. The business was bought by Côte Restaurants in 2008, which demerged it four years later. Now majority-owned by the retail and restaurant entrepreneur Richard Caring, 68, Bill’s also sells its own brand of products through an online shop. Mark Fox, 47, the former managing director of Starbucks UK, joined last May as chief executive. Sales reached £110.5m in 2016.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank70
CompanyBill’s Restaurants
ActivityRestaurant operator
LocationCentral London
Annual sales rise over 3 years58.90%
Latest sales £000s*110,547
Staff2,909
Founded2004
Websitewww.bills-website.co.uk

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