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Top 100: 54. Tom & Ruth Chapman

Co-founders and joint chief executives, Matches

The couple behind indie mini-chain Matches celebrated the business’s 25th anniversary this year, and how better to mark it than with a whopping £20m injection from their investors? It’s a tribute to the pair’s tireless search for the most exciting new labels, best technology and top service that this extra cash has been put into the business. Sales are up 10% on the year before and ecommerce represents more than 50% of revenue.

What he says…”Don’t buy safely. Find the special pieces to engage the customer.”

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