This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of James Dobbie, who founded the seed-selling business that became Dobbies Garden Centres. Now led by former Wyevale chief executive Nicholas Marshall, 67, the retailer operates 34 stores across the UK from its headquarters in Lasswade, near Edinburgh. It was bought from Tesco last year for £217m by investors Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital. In May, the business agreed a five-year deal with Ocado to launch an online service.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank174
CompanyDobbies Garden Centres
ActivityGarden centre operator
LocationLasswade, Midlothian
Sales £m153.7
Operating profit £m9.9
Main shareholdersMidlothian Capital Partners & Hattington Capital (>50%), management (<50%)
Staff2,766
Founded1865
Websitewww.dobbies.com

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