This garden centre chain has made a series of acquisitions since private equity firm Terra Firma bought it for £276m in 2012, expanding its network to 149 centres. Under chief executive Kevin Bradshaw, 46, and chairman Stephen Murphy, 59, it bought nine garden centres in 2014 alone. After reducing costs and transferring non-core retail to concession partners, profits grew by 50% to £39.3m in the same year.
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