Chairman Steve Parkin’s Leeds-based company provides warehousing, transport, distribution and pricing services for a range of products, including clothing, tobacco, perfumes and alcohol on behalf of retailers such as Tesco, John Lewis and Harvey Nichols. Although the business has been servicing mainland European countries for its clients since 1996, it acquired the Bestaendig Group, a German company that had gone into administration, in 2008. This addition has been central to the development of a logistical, administrative and strategic presence, enabling the group to service markets in Germany, Poland, the Benelux countries, France, Austria and Spain. Mainly as a result of this acquisition, international sales grew by 161% a year, from £2.1m in 2008 to £14.4m in 2010.
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