Lakeland, the kitchen and homeware retailer, made a £3m profit on record sales of £166.4m in 2013. The Windermere-based group was started by Alan Rayner, an agricultural feed salesman in 1965 as a weekend sideline it is run and equally owned by his three sons, led by MD Sam Rayner.
Latest turnover: £166m
Five-year rise in turnover: 17%
No. of employees: 1,879
Five-year rise in employment: 28%