Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2014: No. 26 - Matthew Riley, Daisy

The telecoms entrepreneur is worth £110m.

by Philip Beresford

Matthew Riley, a former telecoms salesman for Deutsche Telekom, set up Nelson-based Daisy Communications in 2001. It provides corporate telecoms to small and medium-sized companies. The business has grown rapidly and Riley has taken over smaller telecom companies that have run into trouble in the recession. Daisy floated on the stock market in 2008. Riley is looking to take the company private in a £500m deal.

Age: 40
Activity: Telecoms
Wealth: £110m
Latest turnover: £351m
Five-year rise in turnover: 162%
No. of employees: 1391
Five-year rise in employment: 157%
Score: 110

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