Poundworld started out on a Wakefield market stall in 1974 and has expanded to 290 stores. The West Yorkshire firm serves 2m customers every week, and in 2013 launched Bargain Buys, which trades from 50 locations. Private equity firm TPG paid a reported £150m for a majority stake in May. Under founder and managing director Chris Edwards, 65, the group plans to double its network of stores in five years.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank46
CompanyPoundworld Retail
ActivityValue retailer
LocationWest Yorkshire
Sales £m422.3
Operating profit £m14.6
Main shareholdersTPG (majority), Chirstopher Edwards & Chris Edwards Jnr (minority)
Staff5,590
Founded1974
Websitewww.poundworld.net

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