More than 450,000 customers eat this chain’s sandwiches, soups and salads every day. Pret, run by chief executive Clive Schlee, 58, has more than 450 outlets in six countries, which helped overseas sales hit £202.2m in 2016. Its first store in Singapore opened this year and private-equity owners Bridgepoint are reportedly planning to float the business on the New York stock market.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank150
CompanyPret
ActivitySandwich shop operator
LocationCentral London
2-yr av intl sales growth pa28.10%
International sales £000s202,163
Total sales £000s776,195
Staff10,426
Founded1986
Websitewww.pret.com

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