This family-run company, led by joint managing directors Martin and Geoffrey Agnew, invested £14m in a new warehousing and office facility in County Antrim last year. It was a mark of the strong growth that the company continues to achieve within its retail and food-distribution businesses. Henderson Group owns the Spar, Eurospar, Vivo and Vivoxtra franchises in Northern Ireland, and runs 72 stores itself at petrol forecourts or in residential neighbourhoods. Sales have doubled over the past eight years to £532m in 2010, while profits have trebled in the same period to £16.8m.

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Company details
Year2011
Rank7
CompanyHenderson Group
ActivityFood wholesaler and retailer
LocationCounty Antrim
Sales £m532.0
Operating profit £m16.8
Main shareholdersGeoffrey Agnew (12%), Martin Agnew (12%), Family Trusts (76%)
Staff2,175
Founded1965
Websitewww.henderson-group.com

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