Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2014: No. 14= - Charlie Sharland, Appsense

The software entrepreneur is worth £150m.

by Philip Beresford

Warrington-based AppSense develops virtualisation software that enables staff to work remotely. It was founded in 2000 by Charlie Sharland, a former electronics salesman, who sold one business and used his savings to buy out Appsense. Goldman Sachs has a stake in the business which saw its turnover jump 244% and employment by 196%  in the five years to June 2013.

Age: 54
Activity: Software
Wealth: £150m
Latest turnover: £62m
Five-year rise in turnover: 244%
No. of employees: 498
Five-year rise in employment: 196%
Score: 70

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