Doug Perkins, 72, and his wife Dame Mary, 71, started this business in 1984 on a table tennis table in the spare bedroom 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, with Specsavers providing centralised marketing, IT and other services.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank21
CompanySpecsavers
ActivityOptical and hearing aid retailer
LocationGuernsey
Sales £m*2,060
Profit £mN/a
Year endFeb 14
Principal shareholdersPerkins family
Staff30,000
Founded1984
Websitewww.specsavers.co.uk

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