Adams Childrenswear

Amy Adams started her baby-clothing business from a terraced house in Birmingham in 1933. By the mid-1980s, when it was bought by the Sears Group, it had expanded greatly and had 200 stores. Today, it has 400 stores across Britain, Ireland, Cyprus and the Middle East, including concessions in J Sainsbury. In 1999, Adams Childrenswear underwent a £87m management buyout backed by NatWest Private Equity, which subsequently sold the firm to Bridgepoint Capital. Headed by Dean Murray and based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, the company had annualised sales of £201.3m in 2003.

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Company details
CompanyAdams Childrenswear
ActivityChildrenswear retailer
Sales £m†201.3
Operating profit £m†4.0
Main shareholdersBridgepoint (60%), LDC (15%), Michael Hobbs (7%), Dean Murray (5%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda