Dewhirst

Isaac Dewhirst, who founded this clothing manufacturer, also had a hand in the birth of Marks & Spencer, lending Michael Marks £5 to expand his penny bazaar and introducing him to his cashier, Tom Spencer. The Yorkshire firm subsequently went on to make clothing for M&S. Chief executive David Witt led a management buyout from the founding family in 2004.

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Company details
Year2013
Rank118
CompanyDewhirst
ActivityClothing manufacturer
LocationEast Yorkshire
Sales £m233.1
Operating profit £m17.4
Main shareholdersManagement (100%)
Staff6,512
Founded1885
Websitewww.dewhirst.com

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