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Footasylum trades online and from 59 high street stores across the UK, selling sports and fashion footwear and branded leisurewear. It was established in 2005 by JD Sports co-founders John Wardle, 72, and David Makin, 53. New stores helped lift sales by 33% to £147m this year. The group, based in Rochdale, is led by Makin’s daughter Clare Nesbitt, 29, who is chief executive. The Makin and Wardle families are reported to have put a significant minority stake up for sale, valuing the business at more than £100m.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank190
CompanyFootasylum
ActivityFootwear and fashion retailer
LocationRochdale
Sales £m*147.0
Operating profit £m*8.4
Main shareholdersMakin family (90%), John Wardle & David Makin (10%)
Staff1,075
Founded2005
Websitewww.footasylum.com

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda