Launched in 1972 from an Essex bedroom as an electronics mail-order catalogue, this Barnsley-based firm now runs 156 shops in Britain. It opened 14 new outlets in the first seven months of 2008 and says it has plans for a total of 250. Its website reportedly attracts up to 190,000 visitors a day, offering items ranging from satellite dishes and hard disks to remote-control toy helicopters and gaming console joysticks. It is owned by its management and Montagu Private Equity, which backed a £244m secondary buyout in 2004. Sales reached £179.8m in 2007.

This profile reflects the company at time of publication and does not reflect any changes that may have subsequently occurred. Fast Track and its sponsors do not endorse, guarantee or recommend investment in any of the companies.

Company details
Year2008
Rank227
CompanyMaplin Electronics
ActivityElectronic equipment retailer
LocationRotherham
Sales £m179.8
Operating profit £m12.0
Main shareholdersMontagu Private Equity (70%), management (30%)
Staff1,552
Founded1972
Websitewww.maplin.co.uk

If applicable:

* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda