Founded in 1970 by husband and wife Graham and Margaret Blackledge, this toiletries and household-goods wholesaler had £134.1m sales in 2004. The Lancashire company also has 127 stores throughout Britain trading as Grahams or Bodycare. Last year, it acquired a new site near Manchester, where it plans to build a 100,000 sq ft warehouse and distribution centre. The Blackledges remain the sole owners of the company, and Graham is managing director.
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