After founding several restaurants, Edwina and Derek Lilley came up with the idea for a software package that could manage all restaurant back-of-house processes, from invoicing to staff rotas. In 1999 Fourth Hospitality was launched to provide web-based management software, which, it claims, can boost profits by up to 7%. Sales have risen 102% a year from £821,000 in 2005 to £6.7m in 2008.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank13
CompanyFourth Hospitality
ActivityHospitality software developer
LocationCentral London
Average 3 year sales growth101.65%
Latest sales £000s6,733
Staff96
Founded1999
Websitewww.fourthhospitality.com

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