This fifth-generation family brewer supplies beers such as Young’s, Courage Directors and Wells Bombardier to more than 40 countries. It is also a licensed brewer of international brands such as the Spanish lager Estrella Damm and Japan’s Kirin Ichiban. Charles Wells runs more than 200 pubs in Britain and has eight in France for homesick tourists or curious locals. With chairman Paul Wells at the helm, international sales have grown 22% a year from £7.3m in 2009 to an annualised £10.9m in 2011.
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