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Founded in 1969 by Tony Laithwaite, this Reading firm sells wine direct to customers under the Laithwaite’s Wine and Virgin Wine brands. It also runs wine clubs for newspapers including The Sunday Times, the Wall Street Journal and Die Welt. Its customers span Europe, the US and Australia and its chief executive is Simon McMurtrie.

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Company details
CompanyDirect Wines
ActivityWine merchant
Sales £m343.9
Operating profit £m12.5
Main shareholdersTony Laithwaite & family (100%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda