Martin McColl

No news is bad news for this group, which says its network of more than 750 newsagents is Britain’s biggest. Created in 1998 when Fourbuoys bought Martin Retail Group, the company rebranded its stores after a 2005 management buyout. As well as newsagents, the group runs some 450 convenience stores and 100 high-street shops. Sales reached £700m in 2007 under chairman and chief executive James Lancaster.

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Company details
CompanyMartin McColl
ActivityConvenience store operator
Sales £m700
Profit £m38
Year endNov 07
Principal shareholdersManagement (80%), Bank of Scotland (20%)

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