2010 Top Track 250

Rank: 81   Crown Crest Group

Shareholders: Abdul Aziz Tayub (100%)

In the early 1970s Abdul Tayub was blocked from starting a business in his native Malawi where it was difficult for Asians to win trading licences. Undaunted, Tayub emigrated to Britain in 1976 and started Crown Crest with his brother Aziz. The group supplies branded groceries to small independent retailers from depots in Leicester, Coventry and Nottingham. Last year it acquired 340 Poundstretcher retail stores. Post-acquisition sales increased by 90% to 287.1m in 2009.

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Company facts

Crown Crest Group
Grocery/FMCG wholesaler
Company website

2009 Sales287.1m
2009 Profit11.4m
Financial year endMar 09
2009 staff2,636
Location of HQLeicester
If applicable:
* = annualised figures
= draft accounts