This London-based architectural practice has historically generated up to 90% of its revenue from clients outside Britain. Zaha Hadid is now 400-strong, working from offices in London, Hamburg, Rome and Beijing. During the recession the practice refocused business development in the Middle East from Dubai to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Europe, to ensure staff retention. Chief financial officer Roberto Sforza says the practice’s international reputation has helped its overseas sales to grow 47% a year, from £11.4m in 2007 to £24.5m in 2009.
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