The company has a huge range of beds and mattresses, as well as bedroom furniture, sofa beds and bedding. It also does bed recycling, having installed Britain’s first bed shredders at its facility. The High Wycombe company continues to roll out a programme of 30 store openings a year and now operates 237 superstores nationwide. Exponent, a private-equity firm, backed a buyout from founders Mike and Carol Clare in 2008 for £227m. Economies of scale, plus an increase in like-for-like sales have helped plump up the company’s profits 58% a year from £3.7m in 2005 to £14.5m in 2008 under the leadership of Nick Worthington, chief executive.

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Company details
Year2010
Rank54
CompanyDreams
ActivityBed retailer
LocationHigh Wycombe
Annual profit growth57.79%
Latest profits £000s14,481
Latest sales £000s194,384
Staff1,492
Founded1985
Websitewww.dreams.co.uk

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