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Using only preservative-free, ethically-sourced ingredients to make fresh sandwiches, salads and soups each day has proved a fantastically successful format for the high street chain Pret A Manger. Started in 1986, Pret now has 352 shops worldwide, with stores in four American cities as well as in Hong Kong and Paris. Under chief executive Clive Schlee, 55, profits hit an annualised £24.1m in the year to December 2012, due largely to international expansion. Bridgepoint bought a majority share in the company in 2008 in a £345m deal.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank10
CompanyPret A Manger
ActivitySandwich shop operator
LocationCentral London
Annual profit growth104.59%
Latest profits £000s†24,114
Latest sales £000s†435,436
Staff7,144
Founded1986
Websitewww.pret.co.uk

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* supplied by company † annualised figure ‡ profits = ebitda