Fred Done, the North West-based founder of BetFred, is celebrating his 50th year in business, and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Done got started in business through his father, who was an illegal bookmaker during the war.
By the age of fifteen and a half, he was ready to follow in his father’s footsteps and at 21 he was running an office taking telephone bets.
At 24 he set up his own betting shop in Pendleton. In an interview with BQ, he said: “It was the 4th of September 1967. I can remember that but I can’t remember when I got married.
“There was me, my brother Peter, my Dad Fred and my wife Mo who was cashier and cleaner.
“I had no hard plan or budgets. We were just making a living. We made slow progress in the early days. Over 10 years we opened 30 shops.”
Betfred now operates over 1,700 betting shops and employs 11,000 people nationwide. His success has led to him being one of the most recognised businessmen in the North of West of England.
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