Gondola claims to serve more than 38m meals a year in its restaurants, which include casual dining brands PizzaExpress, ASK and Zizzi. With 585 across the UK, the group plans to take its total to 600 by the end of the year. Founder Peter Boizot began making pizzas with an oven imported from Rome in 1965. The business was taken private by Cinven for £900m in 2006. Under group chief executive Harvey Smyth, sales in 2008 grew to £461.7m.

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Company details
ActivityRestaurant operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m461.7
Operating profit £m47
Main shareholdersCinven (81%), management (14%)

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