Wanting to recreate an authentic Italian coffee bar experience, Gerry Ford, 57, founded Caffè Nero in 1997. It now has more than 700 outlets across Britain, Ireland, Poland, Turkey, Cyprus and the UAE. It made its first foray into America last year after debt refinancing freed up £30m to fund expansion, opening two cafés in Boston, with three more planned for 2015. International turnover reached £27.7m in 2014.
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