International Track 200

This Guernsey-based glasses and contact-lens company was started by husband and wife Doug and Dame Mary Perkins on a ping-pong table in the spare room of their home in 1984. Its first overseas store was opened in the Netherlands in 1997, and it now has stores in Spain and throughout Scandinavia and Australasia. Since 2010 customers in Sweden and Finland have been able to buy online, as the company seeks to become the largest provider of home delivery lenses in Europe. International sales have increased by 26% a year, from £371.9m in 2009 to £593.4m in 2011.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank168
CompanySpecsavers
ActivityOptical and hearing aid retailer
LocationGuernsey
2-yr av intl sales growth pa26.32%
International sales £000s*593,400
Total sales £000s*1,500,000
Staff30,000
Founded1984
Websitewww.specsavers.co.uk

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