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Chairman Gerry Ford, 60, founded Caffè Nero in 1997 to recreate the European coffee bars he discovered while studying abroad. In its latest year, it opened an additional 75 stores worldwide, with 35 in the UK, bringing its total outlets to 885, selling coffee and food across the UK, Ireland, Poland, Turkey, Cyprus, the UAE and America. In May, it reported that its loyalty app had racked up 350,000 registered users in its first year.

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Company details
CompanyCaffè Nero
ActivityCoffee house operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*328.9
Operating profit £m*26.2
Main shareholdersPaladin Partners, Gerry Ford, employees

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