It may not be a household name, but Igloo Books is behind many of the children’s and adult novelty books sold in discount retailers such as TJ Hughes, Poundstretcher, The Works and Asda. The Northampton company prints some 25m books each year, from children’s activity books to cookbooks and adult gift books, and generates more than half its sales abroad, mainly in America, mainland Europe and Australasia. Directors and co-founders John Styring and Tracey Lewis have kept the company growing even as customers such as Woolworths have closed down. Sales grew 67% annually from £1.6m in 2005 to £7.7m in 2008.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank68
CompanyIgloo Books
ActivityBook publisher
LocationNorthampton
Annual sales rise over 3 years67.36%
Latest sales £000s7,728
Staff32
Founded2003
Websitewww.igloo-books.com

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