Young backpackers visiting Britain can stay at Interpub’s eight St Christopher’s hostels, located in London, Edinburgh and Britain’s surfing capital, Newquay. Another of its hostels, The Village in London, boasts 167 beds, a rooftop hot tub for its guests, and a bar called Belushi’s, which is one of six American-themed pubs owned by the Slough company. Founded by third-generation publican Keith Knowles in 1993, Interpub has won backing from business angels and Scottish & Newcastle. Sales have grown 89% a year from £820,000 in 1998 to £5.5m in 2001, when it employed 131 staff.

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Company details
Year2002
Rank52
CompanyBeds and Bars
ActivityHostel and bar operator
LocationCentral London
Annual sales rise over 3 years88.67%
Latest sales £000s5,505
Staff131
Founded1994
Websitewww.bedsandbars.com

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