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Julie Deane, 46, wanted to send her daughter to a school where she would no longer be bullied. After writing a list of 10 ways to fund a private school place, she decided to raise money by designing and producing a range of traditional satchels. With help from her mother Freda, 75, and just £600 in cash, she started her satchel business in 2008 and has built the company into an international success with sales of £12.9m in 2013. Celebrity fans include actress Elle Fanning, model Alexa Chung and TV presenter Fearne Cotton.

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Company details
Year2013
Rank7
CompanyThe Cambridge Satchel Company
ActivityTraditional satchel maker
LocationCambridge
Annual sales rise over 3 years183.70%
Latest sales £000s*12,853
Staff96
Founded2008
Websitewww.cambridgesatchel.com

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