This Milton Keynes company runs more than 65 private schools in Britain, Spain, South America and southeast Asia, with more than 30,000 students worldwide. Investments in Brazil and Chile helped international sales rise to £155.3m last year. In December, former AA boss Chris Jansen, 45, took over the reins from outgoing chief executive Rees Withers, 63. Cognita is owned by private-equity firms KKR and Bregal Capital.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank190
CompanyCognita
ActivitySchools operator
LocationMilton Keynes
2-yr av intl sales growth pa17.46%
International sales £000s155,298
Total sales £000s295,789
Staff5,630
Founded2004
Websitewww.cognitaschools.com

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