Invented in 1945 by a German army doctor who designed the air-cushioned sole to ease the pain of a skiing injury, Dr Martens’ iconic footwear and accessories now include luggage, clothing and children’s boots and shoes. Private equity firm Permira bought the Northamptonshire firm for £300m in 2014. Steve Murray, 56, is chief executive.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank85
CompanyDr Martens
ActivityShoe manufacturer and retailer
LocationNorthamptonshire
Sales £m235.3
Operating profit £m25.5
Main shareholdersPermira (70%), Griggs family and settlements (20%), management (10%)
Staff831
Founded1960
Websitewww.drmartens.com

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