Based in Eastbourne, this is a family-owned holding company for Gardners Books, which claims to be Britain’s largest independent wholesaler of books, music and DVDs. International sales, which reached £83.5m in 2016, have been aided by its American business based in Florida. Chairman Jonathan Little, 52, heads the group.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank165
CompanyThe Little Group
ActivityBook, film and music wholesaler
LocationEastbourne
2-yr av intl sales growth pa24.39%
International sales £000s83,510
Total sales £000s236,107
Staff956
Founded1996
Websitewww.gardners.com

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