Founded in 1960, when Sir Alec Reed, now 84, opened the first branch with £75 from his savings, this recruiter is known for encouraging workers to “love Mondays”. The business is headquartered in London and now operates in nine countries; its website is used by 14m jobseekers. Under Reed’s son, chairman James Reed, 55, and managing director Tom Lovell, 48, sales grew 8% to £1.1bn. Profits grew 15% to £14m in 2017, as the business won a number of temporary-workers contracts.
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