Every year this online retailer sells more than 9m used books, CDs, DVDs and games to consumers in more than 190 countries. It trades via its own websites and through Amazon and eBay. In 2016, chief executive Stephen Boobyer, 55, led a buyout backed by private equity firm Bridges Fund Management. Wholesaling books to China helped exports at the West Sussex firm to hit £18.7m in 2017.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank197
CompanyWorld of Books
ActivityBooks and media reseller
LocationWest Sussex
2-yr av intl sales growth pa26.34%
International sales £000s*18,692
Total sales £000s*57,360
Staff592
Founded2002
Websitewww.worldofbooks.com

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