Celebrity fans, including pop diva Miley Cyrus, have helped signal a return to fashion for Dr Martens boots after six tough years in the early 2000s. The Northamptonshire company’s footwear sells in 65 countries, with America its largest market. In October last year, Permira completed a £300m buyout of the iconic brand. Chief executive David Suddens, 67, steps up to chairman in January, with Steve Murray replacing him as chief executive this month.

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Company details
CompanyDr Martens
ActivityShoe manufacturer and retailer
Sales £m*209.1
Operating profit £m*29.6
Main shareholdersPermira (70%), Griggs family and settlements (20%), management (10%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda