Bernard Matthews, famous for appearing in his own ‘bootiful’ TV adverts, took his company private in 2001 after 30 years on the Stock Exchange, paying £232m backed by HSBC, to buy out the external shareholders. The company, based at Great Witchingham Hall in Norfolk, was founded in 1950 when the young Matthews, then an auctioneer’s clerk in Norwich, bought a dozen turkey eggs to hatch and rear. It now produces some 13m turkeys worldwide each year and recorded sales of £362m in 2000, when the company had 6,309 staff.
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