This fitness clothing brand’s “sweaty selfie” campaign raised more than £180,000 for the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s hospitals during the spring lockdown, while personal trainers struggling to see clients were paid to broadcast live workouts on its social media channels. In August, Gymshark sold a 21% stake to American investors General Atlantic, valuing it at more than £1bn. Co-founder Ben Francis, 28, owns a 70% stake, having set up the Solihull firm in 2012 to make gymwear with shape-enhancing contours. It sells its apparel direct to consumers in 180 countries via websites in 13 languages. Chief executive Steve Hewitt, 47, oversaw sales of £260.7m in the year to July.
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