Wanting to recreate an authentic Italian coffee bar experience, Gerry Ford, 56, founded Caffè Nero in 1997. The business now operates more than 600 outlets in Britain, Ireland, Poland, Turkey, the Middle East and America. Ford intends to open about 40 more outlets a year in Britain and overseas after completing a £275m debt refinancing in January.

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Company details
CompanyCaffè Nero
ActivityCoffee house operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*222.9
Operating profit £m*23.5
Main shareholdersGerry Ford (60%), Paladin Partners (30%), staff (10%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda