With almost £900m of its £1.5bn in sales generated overseas, shoemaker Clarks has come a long way since it started in 1825 in Street, a small village in Somerset. Still headquartered there and overseen by executive chairman Thomas O’Neill, 64, the company has 1,500 stores in more than 35 countries, with ambitious expansion plans in India and China. Melissa Potter, who was chief executive, stepped down last year after profits dropped 47% to £104m.
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