In 2008, when piracy in the Indian Ocean was rarely out of the news, former Royal Marine Dominic Mee, 43, launched maritime security business Protection Vessels International. Employing 600 former Royal Marines, it protects ships off the coast of East Africa, as well as Muscat, Durban and Cape Town. It has offices in America, Tokyo and Hong Kong and hubs in Oman and Sri Lanka. Under chief executive Barry Roche, 40, sales hit £60.9m in 2012.
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