Founded in Belfast in 1897 to sell butter, cheese and eggs, Henderson Group now supplies Northern Ireland’s Spar, Eurospar, Vivo and VivoXtra franchises as well as operating 79 shops. Last year the firm’s sales grew 6% to £699m after it spent £34m on acquiring new stores, restructuring the business and building a £3.5m head office in Mallusk. The company is led by brothers Martin, 54, and Geoffrey Agnew, 53.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank89
CompanyHenderson Group
ActivityFood wholesaler and retailer
LocationCounty Antrim
Sales £m699
Profit £m35
Year endDec 16
Principal shareholdersGeoffrey Agnew (12%), Martin Agnew (12%), Ardbarron Trust (76%)
Staff2,998
Founded1897
Websitewww.henderson-group.com

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