Jason Bannister used to store his stock in chicken sheds, but he now claims his company is Britain’s largest retailer of solid hardwood furniture, most of which he designs himself. He has supplemented his online store with more than 10 showrooms – a decision that has boosted the firm’s growth. Turnover has grown 51% a year, from £7.5m in 2007 to £25.9m in 2010, and a TV advertising campaign shows the Swindon firm’s ambition: it aims to have 25 showrooms open by 2013.

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Company details
Year2011
Rank94
CompanyOak Furniture Land
ActivityFurniture retailer
LocationSwindon
Annual sales rise over 3 years51.08%
Latest sales £000s25,913
Staff113
Founded2004
Websitewww.oakfurnitureland.co.uk

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