The growing demand for mobile access to the internet has given a boost to growth at The Cloud. The St Albans group provides public-access wifi services in Britain and across Europe with 7,500 locations in operation, of which 1,500 are in Germany and 1,000 in Scandinavia. Its clients include O2, McDonald’s, Pret a Manger and Wetherspoons. Niall Murphy, a non-executive director, and George Polk founded the company in 2003. Sales grew 38% a year from £6.8m in 2006 to £17.6m in 2009, when the company made a significant loss.
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