Like bees making honey, more than half of British households collect Nectar points in shops and supermarkets, and even when they pay their utility bills, it’s making life sweet for Loyalty Management Group. This London business created the loyalty-card scheme that rewards customers of retailers such as J Sainsbury, BP and Debenhams. Affiliates today include Ford, Hertz, Talk Talk and Gala. The firm also owns the rights to the Air Miles brand. Under founder and chairman Sir Keith Mills, who pioneered the Air Miles scheme in the 1980s and more recently led the London Olympics bid, sales topped £211.3m in 2006.

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Company details
Year2007
Rank131
CompanyLoyalty Management Group
ActivityLoyalty card operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m211.3
Operating profit £m12
Main shareholdersSir Keith Mills (50%), Warburg Pincus, management and staff
Staff180
Founded2001
Websitewww.nectar.com+M240

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