This online retailer sells sports nutrition and beauty products, vitamins and weight-management items via 72 group websites backed by its proprietary technology. Last year, it shipped 9m orders to 192 countries, lifting revenue 34% to £333.5m. Having agreed a £210m loan deal in 2015, the group invested in a new manufacturing and distribution centre in Warrington; acquired Canadian beauty brand Grow Gorgeous in February; and last month bought US weight management and sports nutrition retailer Ideal Shape for an undisclosed sum. Founders Matt Moulding, 44, and John Gallemore, 47, also plan to invest £10m in an American production facility for its Myprotein brand.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank40
CompanyThe Hut Group
ActivityOnline retailer
LocationNorthwich
Sales £m333.5
Operating profit £m18.1
Main shareholdersFounders & management (40%), private equity consortium & other investors (60%)
Staff1,231
Founded2004
Websitewww.thehutgroup.com

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