Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2014: No. 97 - Sam Rayner, Lakeland

The retail entrepreneur is worth £80m.

by Philip Beresford

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.

Age: 61
Activity: Retail
Wealth: £80m
Latest turnover: £166m
Five-year rise in turnover: 17%
No. of employees: 1,879
Five-year rise in employment: 28%
Score: 253

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