A big product range and convenient out-of-town parking facilities are among the factors driving growth for this outdoor-equipment retailer, which increased its sales by 54% a year, from £31.6m in 2008 to £115.2m in 2011. Go Outdoors has 30 stores around the country selling camping, climbing, fishing, hiking and cycling products. Led by chief executive John Graham and president Paul Caplan, the Sheffield-based company plans to open another 10 outlets in the coming year. The private equity firm 3i took a minority stake in a £28m deal in April.

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Company details
Year2011
Rank80
CompanyGO Outdoors
ActivityOutdoor equipment retailer
LocationSheffield
Annual sales rise over 3 years53.86%
Latest sales £000s115,238
Staff651
Founded1998
Websitewww.gooutdoors.co.uk

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