Brides-to-be can buy affordable dresses and accessories for their big day from brands such as Anna Sorrano, Bellami and Viva Bride at this company’s 27 UK shops. They don’t need an appointment to try on the gowns, which typically cost between £99 and £699. Set up in 2009, the Milton Keynes-based firm designs its wedding dresses in house. In 2014 the angel investor Javad Marandi, 49, paid an undisclosed sum for a 57% stake in the business. Husband and wife cofounders Todd, 44, and Jenny Cassidy, 40, used the money to open new shops and rebrand from Wedding Dress Factory Outlet to Wed2b. Claiming to be one of the UK’s largest wedding dress retailers, it saw sales reach £15.1m this year.
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