Battersea-based Liv-ex runs an electronic trading platform for merchants buying and selling fine wine, particularly high-quality Bordeaux. The firm charges a commission on every transaction, and has seen sales grow 52% a year, from £14.9m in 2007 to £52.6m in 2010, as more buyers have come to view fine wine as an investment. Since James Miles and Justin Gibbs founded the business in 1999, it has benefited from the swelling volumes of European wines being quaffed in Asian markets such as China and Hong Kong.
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