To build and float one business was not enough for Stephen Crown. After launching his data-storage company on the London Stock Exchange in 1996, he founded the recruitment agency Crown Personnel, which specialises in placing temps in London and southeast England. It operates out of 15 offices serving customers such as the Home Office, Tesco, Sainsbury and Barclaycard. The London company has grown rapidly through acquisition, buying seven businesses since 1998 with backing from 3i, the venture-capital firm, and it is looking for more. Sales have grown by more than 104% a year from an annualised £2.1m in 1999 to £17.9m in 2002.
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