Hot on the heels of Amazon, this company is one of Britain’s top choices in online shopping for films and video games, according to Hitwise, the online measurement company. Play.com also sells music, books, electronics, gadgets and ringtones. Founded by Jersey entrepreneurs Simon Perrée and Richard Goulding, the company has developed its own web software. Tripling its customer base in three years to 3m has boosted sales 92% a year from £36.7m in 2002 to £135.3m in 2004, when the company made a good profit.

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Company details
Year2005
Rank40
CompanyPlay.com
ActivityOnline entertainment retailer
LocationJersey
Average 3 year sales growth91.91%
Latest sales £000s135,293
Staff400
Founded1998
Websitewww.play.com

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