This London-based chain’s fresh soups, sandwiches and salads are sold in more than 530 outlets in eight countries, including a new opening at Singapore’s Changi airport last year. Under chief executive Clive Schlee, 59, Pret agreed a partnership in November with Italian multinational Autogrill to open shops at major North American and European airports and train stations. Its private equity backer Bridgepoint sold the chain to Luxembourg-based investment firm JAB in May for a reported £1.5bn.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank69
CompanyPret A Manger
ActivitySandwich shop operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*879
Profit £mn/a
Year endDec 17
Principal shareholdersJAB Holdings (100%)
Staff12,000
Founded1986
Websitewww.pret.com

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