More than 140 years have passed since James Hall opened a bacon-cutting business and shop in Southport, Lancashire, in 1863. He soon began supplying other retailers in the neighbourhood, laying the foundations of a wholesale distribution business that supplies fresh, frozen and chilled goods to 450 Spar convenience stores in northern England. Now run by fourth-generation family members, brothers Ian and Andrew Hall, the company has also supplied goods to personnel in the British armed services for more than a decade. Sales rose to £314.3m in 2006.

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Company details
Year2007
Rank36
CompanyJames Hall & Co
ActivityGrocery wholesaler
LocationPreston
Sales £m314.3
Operating profit £m10
Main shareholdersHall family (100%)
Staff2,263
Founded1863
Websitewww.jameshall.co.uk

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