When managing director Michael Gregory started his tool and engineering equipment shop in 1970, he had only two employees. Today, the Leicester business says it is Europe’s biggest independent supplier of industrial equipment and tools, employing more than 1,700 staff. The company has warehouses in 12 countries around the world, including in South Africa, India and China, in addition to distributors and representatives throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. International sales have seen growth of 24% a year from £18.4m in 2009 to £28.2m in 2011.
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