This London-based chain’s fresh sandwiches, soups and salads are sold in more than 440 outlets in six countries, with its first Dubai shop opening last year. Its private-equity backer, Bridgepoint, borrowed £463m against the business in 2016, allowing Pret to improve the terms of its debt. Under chief executive Clive Schlee, 58, sales climbed to £776m last year, an increase of 15% on the previous year. It is reportedly considering a stock market flotation in New York later this year.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank77
CompanyPret A Manger
ActivitySandwich shop operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m776
Profit £m93
Year endDec 16
Principal shareholdersBridgepoint (69%), founders & management (31%)
Staff10,426
Founded1986
Websitewww.pret.co.uk

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