Based in Eastbourne, The Little Group is a family-owned holding company for Gardners Books, which says it is Britain’s largest independent wholesaler of books, music and DVDs. Its retail customers include high street booksellers, internet retailers and supermarkets. Other subsidiaries supply music retailers, public libraries, colleges and schools, with more than 40% of sales to international trade customers. Under chairman Jonathan Little, 52, the company is investing to expand its facilities in America, as well as in its ebook technology.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank61
CompanyThe Little Group
ActivityBook, film and music wholesaler
LocationEastbourne
Sales £m306.1
Operating profit £m17.2
Main shareholdersJonathan Little (30%), Andrew Little (30%), Yvette Stafford (30%), Alan & Jean Little (10%)
Staff1,207
Founded1996
Websitewww.gardners.com

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