American Gerry Ford, 59, founded Caffè Nero in 1997 to recreate the coffee bars he visited in Europe as a student. It now has more than 770 outlets in Britain, Ireland, Poland, Turkey, UAE, Cyprus and America. International sales reached £42.3m in 2016.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank169
CompanyCaffè Nero
ActivityCoffee house operator
LocationCentral London
2-yr av intl sales growth pa23.62%
International sales £000s*42,332
Total sales £000s*298,951
Staff4,500
Founded1997
Websitewww.caffenero.com

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