Founded as a bacon-cutting business by James Hall in 1863, today this company, based in Preston, sells services including food wholesaling and distribution to 450 Spar stores in northern England. Under chairman Ian Hall, it recently invested £1m in a fleet of temperature-controlled lorries to deliver fresh bread every day to the Spar network.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank37
CompanyJames Hall & Co
ActivityGrocery wholesaler
LocationPreston
Sales £m444.5
Operating profit £m10.1
Main shareholdersHall family (100%)
Staff2,107
Founded1863
Websitewww.jameshall.co.uk

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