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When Nick Kandola, 31, lost his job at MG Rover, he used his redundancy pay to found Love Shopping Direct and launch its first online shop, EnergyBulbs.co.uk, in 2008. The company now sells 12,000 electrical DIY products, such as LED lamps and heaters, and recently set up four new websites, including airconcentre.co.uk, which sells ventilation equipment. The business also opened its first retail outlet, in Birmingham, this year. Nick’s brother Ryan, 33, joined the firm in 2010 and the pair increased sales to £5.1m in 2013.

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Company details
Year2013
Rank46
CompanyLove Shopping Direct
ActivityLighting products supplier
LocationBirmingham
Annual sales rise over 3 years74.00%
Latest sales £000s*5,145
Staff16
Founded2008
Websitewww.energybulbs.co.uk

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