A chat in a pub with his brother in 1995 convinced Richard Tang that the internet was going to be a moneyspinner. Ten years on, the company supplies broadband connections to thousands of homes and businesses and offers domain-name registration, firewalls, web hosting and website design services. This year Zen provided broadband to The Guardian’s Soulmates dating tent at the Glastonbury festival. Zen claims to be attracting 1,500 new customers a month, and its sales have grown 101% a year from £3.5m in 2002 to £14.2m in 2004.

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Company details
Year2005
Rank31
CompanyZen Internet
ActivityInternet services provider
LocationRochdale
Average 3 year sales growth101.26%
Latest sales £000s14,186
Staff83
Founded1995
Websitewww.zen.co.uk

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