Several years as a furniture salesman convinced founder Jason Bannister, 43, to set up on his own in 2004 selling furniture on eBay. Strong demand for its hardwood products, which Bannister designs himself, led the Swindon firm to expand to 57 showrooms, with another eight planned in the next year. Last year sales increased 77% to £145.5m and this year they are forecast to exceed £190m.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank242
CompanyOak Furniture Land
ActivityFurniture retailer
LocationSwindon
Sales £m145.5
Operating profit £m7.2
Main shareholdersJason Bannister (100%)
Staff616
Founded2004
Websitewww.oakfurnitureland.co.uk

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