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Followers of Ben Saunders, who at the age of 25 became the first Briton to ski to the North Pole, were able to keep up with his progress on a live website run by Legend Internet. The company was started in a motorcycle spares shop in 1996 by two school friends, Nigel Wadsworth and Andrew Hawksworth, who found they had a mutual interest in comp- uting as well as in bikes. It is now a fully operational internet service provider, offering free dialup through to ADSL and leased lines. Many of the Bradford company’s customers are schools, which use its Cleanfeed internet screening tools. It also provides server hosting for the firm that sold tickets for the Glastonbury festival, and when that site went live it handled transactions worth £1m in the first 15 minutes. Legend’s sales have grown 67% a year from £705,000 in 2000 to £2m in 2002.

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Company details
Year2003
Rank73
CompanyLegend Internet
ActivityInternet services provider
LocationBradford
Average 3 year sales growth66.86%
Latest sales £000s1,963
Staff29
Founded1996
Websitewww.legend.net.uk

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