This office-supplies wholesaler brings big-business buying power to stationery retailers that are too small to deal direct with large suppliers such as Canon, HP and Avery. Every day the company claims to process about 10,000 orders at its automated distribution centre for goods ranging from office furniture to staples. Since investing in the depot four years ago, Kingfield Heath has shed 500 staff and raised its volume of business. Profits rose 157% a year from £585,000 in 2000 to £9.9m in 2003. Last December Alan Barclay, chief executive, backed by L&G Ventures, led an £85m management buyout from the founding Kaye family and 3i.
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