This rent-to-buy retailer is expanding rapidly, with plans to treble its estate to 650 stores nationwide. The company sells electrical items and furniture on credit, with customers making weekly payments for one to three years. It has benefited from rising demand for BlackBerrys and computers, with profits up 35% to £33.6m in 2011, and sales up 15% to £227.7m. Led by chief executive Leo McKee, BrightHouse is majority-owned by Vision Capital, which led a £170m secondary buyout from Terra Firma in 2007.

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Company details
Year2011
Rank159
CompanyBrightHouse
ActivityHousehold goods retailer
LocationWatford
Sales £m227.7
Operating profit £m33.6
Main shareholdersVision Capital (87%), management (13%)
Staff2,053
Founded1994
Websitewww.brighthousegroup.co.uk

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