Direct Wines

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
Year2012
Rank81
CompanyDirect Wines
ActivityWine merchant
LocationReading
Sales £m343.9
Operating profit £m12.5
Main shareholdersTony Laithwaite & family (100%)
Staff921
Founded1969
Websitewww.laithwaites.co.uk

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