Chairman Gerry Ford, 60, founded Caffè Nero in 1997 to recreate the European coffee bars he discovered while studying abroad. It now has more than 850 outlets selling coffee and food, with nearly 150 of these overseas. The London business opened its first Italian-styled cafe in Poland five years ago and the country — one of its biggest overseas markets — now has 58 stores. Overseas turnover reached £57.8m in 2017.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank177
CompanyCaffè Nero
ActivityCoffee house operator
LocationCentral London
2-yr av intl sales growth pa29.07%
International sales £000s*57,763
Total sales £000s*328,864
Staff5,500
Founded1997
Websitewww.caffenero.com

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