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This Middlesbrough-headquartered pawnbroker runs 72 stores in northeast England, Scotland and South Wales, and says it transacts 10,000 deals each week for 9,000 customers. In 2007 it launched what it says was one of the first cash-for-gold websites, Got Gold Get Cash, the revenue from which has funded the expansion from only 19 stores in 2008. Chief executive Peter Kenyon says low retail rents have enabled the business to open stores in high-street locations and raise its profile. Sales grew 94% a year, from £3.7m in 2006 to £27m in 2009.

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Company details
ActivityPawnbroker and jeweller
Annual sales rise over 3 years94.42%
Latest sales £000s27,030

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