Doug, 70, and Dame Mary Perkins, 69, started the business in 1984 on a ping-pong table in the spare bedroom of their Guernsey home. Today they employ more than 30,000 people at nearly 2,000 stores across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Specsavers generated £798m in international sales last year, representing 45% of its £1.8bn turnover.
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