This Cheshire-based online retailer sells premium goods in the health and beauty sector, via more than 140 group websites backed by its proprietary technology. It was highly acquisitive last year and sales rose by 50% to £501.4m as a result. This year co-founder and chief executive Matthew Moulding, 45, has bought internet services and web hosting business UK2, beauty subscription firm Glossybox, online beauty retailer RY and spa and skincare brand Espa. In August, asset management firm Old Mutual Global Investors acquired a 5% stake, valuing the group at £2.5bn.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank26
CompanyThe Hut Group
ActivityOnline retailer
LocationCheshire
Sales £m501.4
Operating profit £m30.4
Main shareholdersFounders & management (40%), private equity consortium & other investors (60%)
Staff1,833
Founded2004
Websitewww.thehutgroup.com

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