Established as a hardware shop in Leicester in 1930, Wilko now sells goods, including kitchenware and garden tools, from more than 400 UK stores, as well as online. Sales grew 3% to £1.5bn last year but profits were down 14% to £49m, partly due to the introduction of the national living wage. The Nottinghamshire firm is owned by the founder’s family, including his granddaughter, Lisa Wilkinson, 50, who chairs the board.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank36
CompanyWilko
ActivityValue retailer
LocationNottinghamshire
Sales £m1,513
Profit £m49
Year endJan 17
Principal shareholdersWilkinson family (100%)
Staff11,243
Founded1930
Websitecorporate.wilko.com

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