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This Huddersfield firm says it thrived during lockdown thanks to the boom in online shopping, with its delivery teams wearing masks and gloves and minimising contact with customers. It sells electricals, furniture and bathroom goods via websites including Appliances Direct, Laptops Direct, Furniture123 and Better Bathrooms. Buy It Direct is led by managing director Nick Glynne, 54, who built the business up from a computer retailer he bought for £3,000 in 1999.

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Company details
CompanyBuy It Direct
ActivityOnline retailer
Sales £m299.6*
Operating profit £m8.4*
Main shareholdersNick Glynne & family & Simon Barnett (82.5%), BGF (17.5%)

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* supplied by company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda