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Chris Watson

When Chris Watson (44) took the helm of his parents' Co Antrim cycling equipment business, he looked to the internet for growth and he got it. So much so that it became the biggest online retailer of all things cycling-related. When the family sold the group to its main rival, Wiggle, in 2016 as part of a merger deal, they received well over €50m. The new company, to which Watson is no longer connected, has annual sales of more than £300m (€340m) but the move was not without its critics in Northern Ireland, where premises were sold off and workers made redundant.

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