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Invented in 1945 by a German army doctor who designed the air-cushioned sole to ease the pain of a skiing injury, Dr Martens’ iconic footwear and accessories now include luggage, clothing and children’s boots and shoes. Backed by the private equity firm Permira, the Northamptonshire business drove sales up 25% to £290.6m in 2017, thanks to a growth in ecommerce and new franchises in Asia. In July, the former Cath Kidston boss, Kenny Wilson, 52, joined as chief executive.

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Company details
CompanyDr Martens
ActivityShoe manufacturer and retailer
Sales £m290.6
Operating profit £m32.7
Main shareholdersPermira (70%), Griggs family and settlements (20%), management (10%)

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