A background in chartered accountancy has stood co-founder Margaret Manning in good stead since founding the website development company Reading Room with husband Simon Usher in 1996. The company was set up with seed capital from friends, before Octopus Asset Management injected £1m in 2005. A tight rein on the budget and contracts from large clients such as Glaxo, BBC, Porsche and Royal Mail have resulted in sales growth of 60% a year from an annualised £2.3m in 2005 to £9.5m in 2008.
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