This high street bookseller was founded as a single store in 1982 and has since been owned by WH Smith, HMV and, most recently, Russian publisher Alexander Mamut, 57. He bought the business from HMV in 2011 for £53m and it now operates 270 stores across the UK, under the leadership of managing director James Daunt, 53. The London firm last year invested £9m in upgrading stores and in-store cafes, helping to more than triple annualised profits to £18.7m on turnover of £387.3m.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank41
CompanyWaterstones
ActivityBook retailer
LocationCentral London
Sales £m†387.3
Operating profit £m†18.7
Main shareholdersA&NN Capital Fund Management (100%)
Staff2,922
Founded1958
Websitewww.waterstones.com

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