Overall ranking: 88 (new entry)
Pub and bar operator: 16 (new entry)
James Watt and Martin Dickie really haven't done badly for a couple of punk brewers who set up shop in Dickie's mum's garage just a decade ago. BrewDog, started by Watt and Dickie when they were 24, originally sold small-batch, hand-bottled beer from the back of a van. With a £7m pre-tax profit on a turnover of £71.9m in 2016, up 61% year-on-year, the business now operates more than 30 bars in the UK, and almost 20 more worldwide. It also has an ambitious craft-beer hotel in the pipeline for Aberdeen, following on from the launch of its first hotel in Ohio in the US later this year. Having funded growth mainly through the innovative Equity for Punks crowdfunding scheme, a private equity cash injection in April 2017 valued the business at £1b.
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