This Leicester-headquartered jewellery group is one of the world’s largest distributors of luxury watches. It owns Goldsmiths, Mappin & Webb and Watches of Switzerland in the UK and is expanding across America with the backing of private equity firm Apollo. In 2017, it bought the US chain Mayors Jewelers for $105m (£80m), which boosted overseas sales to £133m in 2018. Chief executive Brian Duffy, 64, changed the group’s name from Aurum Holdings last year in preparation for a potential stock market float.
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