Pizza delivery boy set up business in parents’ garage – now worth more than £1bn

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A former pizza delivery boy changed his life forever after founding a business in his parents' garage – with his company now worth £1 billion.

Nine years ago, Ben Francis was working at Pizza Hut, delivering food and in his spare time running his business Gymshark from the garage of his family home.

The entrepreneur was also studying at the same time – but that didn't put him off – and now the company is classed as one of the biggest sports brands around.

In a bid to expand the business even further, Ben recently sold a 21% stake in Gymshark's to US private equity firm General Atlantic.

The 28-year-old took to his official Instagram account to share the news with his followers.

Sharing a sweet snap of himself standing outside the Gymshark headquarters, he couldn't help but beam from ear-to-ear.

Kitted out in a Gymshark tracksuit, he captioned the photo: "I never thought I'd post this but, Gymshark is a £1BILLION+ company!

"Now, we take it to the next level – my dream is for this to be one of the greatest brands on the planet.

"I'm really excited to announce that Gymshark has partnered with General Atlantic to help expand this brand even more quickly than ever before.

"I'm so excited for this next step in the Gymshark journey."

He continued: "I've so much to tell you all – I've recorded a full YouTube video explaining everything that I'll be posting next week!!

"Thank you thank you and thank you to everyone who's contributed to this brand and continues to support our vision."

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His company now has 499 members of staff and has offices all over the world, including in the US and Hong Kong.

Ben's business savvy ways saw him be one of the first companies to really see the benefits of using influencers to promote.

He previously told the BBC: "We were one of the first businesses in the world to sponsor influencers.

"Equally, we were one of the first businesses to really double down and invest in social media."

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