Lord Byron and the Duke of Wellington are among the illustrious names who have shopped at Berry Bros & Rudd. This London merchant has been selling fine wines and spirits from its shop in St James’s Street for 300 years and holds warrants to supply the royal family. More recently, the firm has added shops in Heathrow, Basingstoke, Dublin, Hong Kong and Shanghai, which contributed to sales of £181.4m in 2004. The company is chaired by Simon Berry, and the major shareholders are John Rudd and his family.

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Company details
Year2005
Rank137=
CompanyBerry Bros & Rudd
ActivityWine and spirit merchant
LocationCentral London
Sales £m181.4
Operating profit £m7
Main shareholdersJohn Rudd and family (41%), Ernest Elliot (18%)
Staff321
Founded1698
Websitewww.bbr.com

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