Online grocery retailer Ocado serves 825,000 customers and has just expanded its delivery area to cover Leeds. Recent innovations at this Hatfield firm include an automatic reminder if an item a customer normally purchases is missing. The company has switched to biodegradable plastic bags as part of its focus on the environment. Sales rose 59% a year from £84.7m in 2004 to an annualised £213.6m in 2006, when the company made a significant loss. It is run by founders Jonathan Faiman, Jason Gissing and Tim Steiner.

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Company details
Year2007
Rank84
CompanyOcado
ActivityOnline grocery retailer
LocationHatfield
Average 3 year sales growth58.80%
Latest sales £000s†213,623
Staff1248
Founded2000
Websitewww.ocado.com

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