Stuart Hennell, 43, and Lloyd Amsdon, 41, set up this e-tailer of luxury, pre-owned watches in 2002 after realising there was no organised market to trade classic timepieces. The company’s website offers prestigious brands such as Rolex, Cartier, Bvlgari and TAG Heuer, with the average watch costing £4,000. Watchfinder also opened a flagship boutique in London last year, and plans to roll out more stores across England, with a new shop due to open in Bluewater shortly. The business is backed by private-equity firms Piton Capital and Beringea, which invested £6.2m in August for a minority stake. Sales climbed to £25.1m in 2014 and are forecast to hit £70m within two years.
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