Set up by two electronics enthusiasts in 1972 as a mail-order firm, this Rotherham retailer sells more than 15,000 products, from external hard drives to remote control drones. It now has 217 stores across Britain, and operations in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. Private equity firm Rutland Partners paid £85m to acquire the group from Montagu Private Equity in June last year. Oliver Meakin, 40, is chief executive.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank111
CompanyMaplin Electronics
ActivityElectronic equipment retailer
LocationRotherham
Sales £m†243.0
Operating profit £m†10.2
Main shareholdersRutland Partners (68%), management (32%)
Staff2,143
Founded1972
Websitewww.maplin.co.uk

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