This London-based chain serves fresh food and organic coffee to almost half a million customers a day, operating 440 outlets in six countries. Profits hit £55.8m in 2016, making it one of the most profitable companies on the league table. In the same year, it opened its first Dubai store, its first vegetarian-only store and US sales exceeded $200m for the first time. In 2017, it was reported the group was mulling a flotation on the New York Stock Exchange. The firm is the biggest employer on the league table, with 10,426 staff, and under chief executive Clive Schlee, 59, has this year announced a raft of initiatives to boost its eco-credentials, such as the introduction of a bottle deposit scheme.

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Company details
CompanyPret A Manger
ActivitySandwich shop operator
LocationCentral London
Annual profit growth61.77%
Latest profits £000s55,829
Latest sales £000s776,195

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