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Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger (informally known as Pret) is a sandwich retail chain based in the City of Westminster, London, United Kingdom. The name comes from the French pręt ŕ manger, meaning "ready to eat" or "lending to eat", a reference to pręt-ŕ-porter (ready-to-wear as distinct from "bespoke"). Since January 2007, a number of stores have been branded simply as "Pret", the informal name. The company was founded in London in 1986 by friends Sinclair Beecham and Julian Metcalfe (who later founded the Itsu chain of sushi cafes), the duo having met while studying property law at the Polytechnic of Central London. In 2001, McDonald's bought a 33% non-controlling stake in the USA branch of the company, which they sold in 2008 to private equity firm Bridgepoint Capital, owners of clothing retailer Fat Face. read more


Vue Cinemas

Vue Entertainment (stylised as vue), formerly known as SBC International Cinemas, is a cinema company in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The company was formed in May 2003 when SBC acquired 36 Warner Village cinemas. There are now 69 Vue cinemas, with 654 screens totaling 140,500 seats, including the rebranded flagship Warner Village cinema in Leicester Square. In April 2005 the chain acquired the Ster Century chain from Aurora Entertainment; this included the highest grossing cinema in the UK or Ireland at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin, Ireland. As of 20 June 2006, Vue's executive team completed a management buy-out of the company with the backing of Bank Of Scotland Corporate, with the management team retaining a 51% stake. Also, as part of the buy-out, Vue took full ownership of the four Village sites it had been operating under contract from Village Roadshow. The private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co acquired Vue in 2010. read more


T J Hughes

T J Hughes is a discount department store founded in 1912 in Liverpool, England. The retail chain trades from 1,800,000 square feet (167,000 m2) of retail space and have 53 department stores throughout the United Kingdom, specializing in home and fashion, fragrance and cosmetics. read more



Travelodge refers to several hotel chains around the world. Current operations include, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland and Australia; however, many of these are operated by independent companies who have no connection with the brands operating in other countries. read more


D. C. Thomson & Co.

D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd, is a publishing company based in Dundee, Scotland, best known for producing Oor Wullie, The Broons, The Beano, The Dandy and Commando comics. It also owns Friends Reunited,[1] Parragon, and the Aberdeen Journals Group which publishes the Press and Journal, the Evening Express, the Aberdeen Citizen and the North Scotland edition of ScotAds. Historically it was a significant shareholder in the former ITV company Southern Television. read more


Freightliner Group

Freightliner Group Limited is a rail freight and logistics company, founded in 1995 and now operating in the United Kingdom, Poland, and Australia. It is the second largest rail freight operator in the UK, after DB Schenker Rail (UK). read more


Center Parcs UK

Center Parcs is a holiday and recreation company which operates four holiday villages in the United Kingdom, with each village covering about 400 acres (1.6 km2) of woodland. A similar enterprise operates in continental Europe under the same name; however, the two companies are separately owned. read more


National Car Parks

National Car Parks (NCP) is the United Kingdom’s largest private car park operator, with over 200,000 spaces across more than 700 locations in towns and cities, railway stations and at airports. NCP also had a growing service business, but this demerged from NCP in 2007. It is called NSL Services Group, and was previously called NCP Services Group. They also operated a bus company in London, called NSL Buses, and this was previously known as NCP-Challenger. read more


Seddon Atkinson

Seddon Atkinson Vehicles Limited, a manufacturer of large goods vehicles based in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England, was formed in mid 1970 when Atkinson Vehicles Limited of Preston was acquired by Seddon Diesel Vehicles Limited of Oldham. In 1974 the firm was acquired by the American giant International Harvester, and in February 1983 it was purchased by the Spanish group ENASA which made it a subsidiary of Pegaso, a manufacturer of medium-sized commercial vehicles. In 1990 it became part of the international commercial vehicle concern IVECO who used the brand for various types of specialised vehicles in the United Kingdom. The range of models produced include EuroMover, Pacer and Strato, which are aimed at refuse collection, recycling and construction operators. The range is sold across the UK by a network of 13 distributors, comprising a mix of dedicated Seddon Atkinson dealers together with dealers who also sell IVECO models. Recent Seddon Atkinson vehicles are readily identifiable from other IVECO products because of the company's former Atkinson logo, a large letter 'A' within a circle, usually in chrome (or chrome-effect) on the radiator grille. The circular Atkinson logo dated from 1937, having largely replaced the 'Knight Of The Road' badge of earlier Atkinsons. read more


Ocado - OCDO

Ocado (LSE: OCDO) is an independent British Internet retailer specialising in groceries, headquartered in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. The limited company was founded in January 2002 by Jonathan Faiman, Jason Gissing and Tim Steiner, former Goldman Sachs merchant bankers. Ocado's products include own brand groceries from the Waitrose supermarket chain as well as a selection of name brand groceries and other items including flowers, toys and magazines. Ocado was floated on the London Stock Exchange on 21 July 2010 and is currently a member of the FTSE 250 Index. The company has a warehouse-based model operating from a purpose-built picking centre, purely online without any physical shops, unusual for a supermarket. Ocado operates in England's South East, South Coast, Midlands, North West and most of Yorkshire. read more


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