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Making lagers such as Red Stripe and bitters such as Bombardier, this fifth-generation Bedfordshire brewer exports 20% of its produce, much of it to pubs in Spain, Italy and the rest of Europe. This has helped profits to grow 27% a year from £2.7m in 1997 to £5.4m in 2000, when it employed 928 people.

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Company details
Year2002
Rank90
CompanyCharles Wells
ActivityBrewer
LocationBedford
Annual profit growth26.60%
Latest profits £000s5,412
Latest sales £000s77,954
Staff928
Founded1876
Websitewww.charleswells.co.uk

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