Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2014: No. 76 - Lesley Wild, Bettys & Taylors

The catering and confectionery entrepreneur is worth £138m.

by Philip Beresford

Staff loyalty and friendliness has helped make Bettys & Taylors a Yorkshire institution. The Harrogate-based maker of Yorkshire Tea and the purveyor of fine cakes and confectionery through its tea shops, made a record £10.1m profit on £149.1m sales in 2013. Lesley Wild chairs the family-owned business.

Age: 62
Activity: Catering and confectionery
Wealth: £138m
Latest turnover: £149m
Five-year rise in turnover: 67%
No. of employees: 1,403
Five-year rise in employment: 21%
Score: 195

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