York-based VetPartners temporarily closed a quarter of its 500 clinics at the start of the pandemic — but this did not halt a planned expansion into France, building on a move into Italy last year. Founded in 2015, it provides centralised finance and IT functions for its clinics, freeing vets to focus on treating animals. Founder and chief executive Jo Malone, 45, is a qualified vet herself, and led a £720m buyout in 2018, backed by BC Partners. It achieved sales of £349m and operating profits of £45.2m in the year to June — the highest on the league table.
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