Ben Francis, 26, started this fitness clothing brand in 2012 at the age of just 20. Since then its range of vests, hoodies, T-shirts and leggings has gone global. The Solihull firm has nurtured a styleconscious fan base by sponsoring popular YouTubers, Instagrammers and bloggers with a combined following of 30m. It sells to 177 countries, including the US, where it makes about 40% of its sales. Exports hit £30.8m last year under chief executive Steve Hewitt, 45.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank16
CompanyGymshark
ActivityOnline sportswear retailer
LocationSolihull
2-yr av intl sales growth pa128.51%
International sales £000s30,832
Total sales £000s40,525
Staff100
Founded2012
Websitewww.gymshark.com

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