International Track 200

Founded in 2004, Cognita now comprises 66 private schools in Britain, Spain, South America and southeast Asia. Private-equity firm KKR bought a substantial stake from the company’s other backer, Bregal Capital, in 2013, and Cognita used those funds to buy a school in Brazil and a share in nine schools in Chile. It also invested more than £58m in its existing school portfolio last year. Overseas sales reached £140.1m in 2014, under chief executive Rees Withers, 62.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank110
CompanyCognita
ActivitySchools operator
LocationMilton Keynes
2-yr av intl sales growth pa30.13%
International sales £000s140,079
Total sales £000s264,725
Staff 5,181
Founded2004
Websitewww.cognitaschools.com

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