Founded by Alan Rayner in 1964, Cumbria-based Lakeland began by selling kitchenware through mail-order catalogues.

Today, under the leadership of Rayner’s three sons – Sam, Martin and Julian – Lakeland has grown to 25 stores across the country. Its profits rose 36% a year from £4.3m in 1998 to £10.8m in 2001.

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Company details
Year2003
Rank85
CompanyLakeland
ActivityKitchen accessory retailer
LocationCumbria
Annual profit growth36.45%
Latest profits £000s10,845
Latest sales £000s85,220
Staff840
Founded1964
Websitewww.lakeland.co.uk

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