Hot 100 2014 – 37: B-Sporting

B – Sporting 

Latest turnover: £33,475,000
Three-year compound growth rate (%): 44.57
Latest EBITDA: £2,604,854

The ‘B’ in B – Sporting stands for Bannister, after its founder, the professional footballer Bruce Bannister. The company owns the Sportshoes.com brand, which has seen enormous growth over the last few years, selling sports shoes, clothes and equipment.

Brett Bannister, current managing director, says that he was inspired by his father. Speaking to the Yorkshire Post he said: “Most dads usually let their son beat them at football – mine used to beat me 10-0 […] He always set very high standards.”

Bannister describes the company ethos as: “professional sports gear for real sports people.”

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