Former investment banker Niall MacArthur set up his first sandwich bar in 1996 to offer busy Londoners upmarket meals with fast-food service. Today Eat runs 90 sandwich bars and still makes all its sandwiches, salads and soups in its kitchen at Wembley. A £39m buyout backed by Penta Capital has helped to fund expansion, with 10 more shops planned by this summer. The trend for healthy eating has helped profits grow 60% a year, from £943,000 in 2004 to an annualised £3.8m in 2007.

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Company details
ActivitySandwich shop operator
Annual profit growth59.65%
Latest profits £000s†3,837
Latest sales £000s48,428

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