This London firm has exclusive European distribution rights for American fashion brands such as dress designer Velvet. The company ships 450,000 items a year with an average retail value of £62, to the likes of Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Galeries Lafayette. Managing director Lucy Wernick, a former stockbroker, founded the company that bears her name in 1993 with a £1,500 council grant and a loan from her father. Its sales have grown 99% a year from £1.2m in 2004 to £9.6m in 2007.
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