If you have ever wondered where upmarket restaurants and chefs buy their fresh fruit and veg, this Bicester firm could be the answer. Fresh Direct handles 2,500 tonnes of produce a year, selling it to distribution companies and direct to restaurants. Founded as a shop in the 1960s by John Harris and Bill Hawkin, the business is now owned and run by Nigel and Colin Harris, the second generation of the family. The duo plan to provide more regional produce, both by growing their own and by buying regional operations. Profits are up 52% a year, from £879,000 in 2003 to £3.1m in 2006.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank88
CompanyFresh Direct
ActivityFood wholesaler
LocationBicester
Annual profit growth52.01%
Latest profits £000s3,087
Latest sales £000s74,213
Staff397
Founded1966
Websitewww.freshdirect.co.uk

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