International Track 200

Founder and chief executive Keith Knowles, 55, and chairman Tim Sykes, 64, run this London company operating backpacker hostels under the brand St Christopher’s Inns. Present in big European cities such as London, Paris and Amsterdam, most of their hostels also house the company’s Belushi’s bars serving food and drink. The company opened a new flagship hostel in Paris in 2013, boosting international sales to £15.6m the following year.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank178
CompanyBeds and Bars
ActivityHostel and bar operator
LocationCentral London
2-yr av intl sales growth pa18.26%
International sales £000s15,609
Total sales £000s32,299
Staff 493
Founded1994
Websitewww.bedsandbars.com

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