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Doug Perkins, 73, and his wife Dame Mary, 72, started this business in 1984 in the spare room of their Guernsey home. Today Specsavers employs more than 30,000 people at nearly 2,000 stores in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The company says its success is partly due to its business model — each store is part-owned by the opticians running them, while Specsavers provides marketing, IT and other services.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank18
CompanySpecsavers
ActivityOptical and hearing aid retailer
LocationGuernsey
Sales £m*2,185
Profit £mn/a
Year endFeb 16
Principal shareholdersPerkins family and store co-owners
Staff30,000
Founded1984
Websitewww.specsavers.co.uk

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