Founder Tony Baird’s coin-collecting hobby was the inspiration behind this London firm, which claims to be Britain’s largest bullion merchant. Its business includes refining scrap metal; dealing in gold bars with the trade market; making 50,000 wedding rings a year; and selling to the general public through its website. A big rise in precious metals prices has helped lift profits 93% a year, from £645,000 in 2007 to £4.7m in 2010, though its margins are among the slimmest on the league table.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank16
CompanyBaird & Co
ActivityBullion merchant
LocationEast London
Annual profit growth93.40%
Latest profits £000s4,662
Latest sales £000s417,167
Staff53
Founded1967
Websitewww.goldline.co.uk

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