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Family-owned for more than two centuries, and originally a ship operator, this Liverpool company has expanded into other areas, including financial services and retailing. It owns the Costcutter convenience stores and last year struck a deal with Palmer and Harvey (No7) to take over its 800 Mace, Your Store and Supershop stores.

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Company details
CompanyBibby Line Group
Sales £m1,592
Profit £m112
Year endDec 13
Principal shareholdersSir Michael Bibby and family (88%), management and others (12%)

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