Clarks the shoe seller was founded in 1825. Last year it drew 58% of its £1.5bn turnover from overseas markets. Under chief executive Melissa Potter, 47, it is adding 100 stores a year to its existing chain of 1,400 shops.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank29
CompanyClarks
ActivityShoe retailer and wholesaler
LocationSomerset
Sales £m1,541
Profit £m163
Year endJan 14
Principal shareholdersClark family (84%), employees and institutions (16%)
Staff15,788
Founded1825
Websitewww.clarks.com

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