Thwarted in his attempt to buy a bar of gold for less than $500,000, computer programmer Paul Tustain was inspired to set up BullionVault.com in 2005, which allows private investors to buy a share in a standard 400oz gold bar. The London company says it has 33,000 customers trading gold and silver online and the high price of gold until mid-2011 helped sales increase 83% to £558.6m.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank11
CompanyBullionVault.com
ActivityGold dealer
LocationWest London
Sales £m558.6
Operating profit £m6.3
Main shareholdersPaul Tustain (45%), business angels (23%), corporate investors (22%), employees (10%)
Staff26
Founded2003
Websitewww.bullionvault.com

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