Ben Francis, 26, started this fitness clothing brand in his parents’ garage in 2012. It has since gone global under chief executive Steve Hewitt, 45, with its clothing and accessories now sold directly to consumers in 178 countries via 13 multilingual websites. Gymshark has attracted a social media following of more than 80m sports and fashion enthusiasts by sponsoring popular YouTube and Instagram stars, such as US fitness guru and model Nikki Blackketter and bodybuilder Steve Cook, who showcase its products. Profits hit £18.1m in 2018, on sales of £103.2m, as the company moved into its new Solihull HQ. It also attracted 10-hour queues at the launch of a pop-up store in Los Angeles.
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