Chairman Gerry Ford, 60, founded Caffè Nero in 1997 to recreate the European coffee bars he discovered while studying abroad. It now has more than 850 outlets selling coffee and food, with nearly 150 of these overseas. The London business opened its first Italian-styled cafe in Poland five years ago and the country — one of its biggest overseas markets — now has 58 stores. Overseas turnover reached £57.8m in 2017.
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