This employee-owned wholesaler, based in Hove, East Sussex, supplies more than 90,000 convenience stores with 11,000 products, from cigarettes to ice cream. A joint venture with Costcutter, set up in 2013, saw it transfer control of 800 of its own shops, creating the UK’s second largest convenience store player, trading as Mace, Supershop and Your Store. Under chief executive Chris Etherington, 62, Palmer and Harvey is now focusing on wholesaling and distribution.

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Company details
CompanyPalmer and Harvey
ActivityWholesale distributor
LocationEast Sussex
Sales £m4,197
Profit £m30
Year endApr 14
Principal shareholdersManagement and employees (54%), former employees (46%)

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