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A family-run business since it was founded in 1904, Brewers is the UK’s largest independent decorators’ merchant. With 178 stores nationwide, it said it saw its busiest week ever in March as DIY customers, anticipating lockdown, stocked up on paint. In 2018 sales reached £189.8m, boosted by the acquisition of Fred Williamson & Sons. Chaired by Mark Brewer, 62, the group also sells its own paint range, Albany.

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Company details
Year2020
Rank123
CompanyBrewers Decorator Centres
ActivityDecorator's merchant
LocationEastbourne
Sales £m189.8
Operating profit £m10.1
Main shareholdersG K Brewer Settlement (c32%), J P Brewer Settlement (c31%), others (c36%)
Staff1,229
Founded1904
Websitewww.brewers.co.uk

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