While he founded this clothing maker in 1885, Isaac Dewhirst’s claim to fame was his role in founding Marks & Spencer – he loaned Michael Marks £5 to expand his penny bazaar and then introduced him to Tom Spencer. His Yorkshire firm, which used to make M&S clothing, has now moved much of its production abroad to countries such as China, Morocco and Indonesia. Chief executive David Witt led a management buyout from the founding family in 2004. Sales were £237.9m in 2009.
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