Henderson Group is a big player in the Northern Ireland retail sector through its ownership of the provincial Spar franchise, Eurospar, Vivo and Vivoxtra outlets as well as 80 of its own stores. Retailers that join the Spar brand receive support and advice in areas such as merchandising, IT and marketing, and get deliveries up to six times a week. Last year the retailer acquired ICS, a distribution company supplying the catering industry, which added £10m to turnover and helped Henderson gain a foothold in the Republic of Ireland. Under joint managing directors Martin and Geoffrey Agnew, sales reached £583.2m.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank4
CompanyHenderson Group
ActivityFood wholesaler and retailer
LocationCounty Antrim
Sales £m583.2
Operating profit £m16.0
Main shareholdersGeoffrey Agnew (12%), Martin Agnew (12%), Ardbarron Trust (76%)
Staff2,428
Founded1965
Websitewww.henderson-group.com

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda