Blackwell’s bookshops, established in 1879, today has 63 outlets on high streets and university campuses across England, Scotland and Wales. The Norrington room in its Oxford store is one of the most famous bookselling rooms in the world. It also owns Heffers of Cambridge and James Thin of Edinburgh, and has an international library-supply arm in Portland, Oregon. With sales of £186m in 2004, when operating losses increased by £5m to £7m, it is run by Philip Blackwell, the great grandson of founder Benjamin Harris Blackwell. The company is independent of the Blackwell family’s other business, Blackwell Publishing, ranked No 119.

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Company details
ActivityBookshops, library supplier
Sales £m186
Operating profit £m-6.9
Main shareholdersBlackwell family & trusts (86%)

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