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17 August 2004
Inside track

What business is it in? Restaurant chain, big on beef. The parent company, based in Florida, has more than 850 sites around the globe.

What's its form? The company was founded in 2000 by former TGI Friday's managing director Phil Broad. In Britain, it has six restaurants - at Birmingham, Romford and Basildon in Essex, Enfield and Staines, Middlesex, and Wandsworth, London.

Where's its head office and area of operation? The company doesn't have a head office. Managing director Broad and the operating partners all work from home or in the restaurants themselves (this is possible because the sites don't open until 5pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and at noon on Sundays). The idea is that having a partner running each restaurant encourages a long-term commitment to excellence, as it's their livelihood on the line, rather than simply a salaried job.

What sort of employer is it? Currently, the company has 300 employees, but it's always on the lookout for enthusiastic staff. If you're interested in working for Outback, you can write to: PO Box 488, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8WS, or visit the website at www.outbackpom.com.

How does the future look? Outback plans to roll the chain out across the UK over the coming years, so beef cattle should be worried.

Did you know? The restaurants each raise thousands of pounds for charities in their individual areas by adding an optional £1 to each bill. They also carry out fundraising activities, with the money generated going to local causes.

Company philosophy? To offer customers freshly prepared food and "concentrated service" in a relaxed and fun environment.

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