This Liverpool-based online retailer owns digital stores littlewoods.com and very.co.uk, which sell more than 1,800 brands across fashion, home and electrical. The business is owned by Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay and run by chief executive, Henry Birch, 50. In March it announced that it was rebranding to The Very Group later this year in a bid to bring its name closer to its flagship brand, which accounted for £1.4bn of its £2bn sales in 2018.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank28
CompanyShop Direct
ActivityOnline retailer
LocationLiverpool
Sales £m1,959
Profit £m262
Year endJun 18
Principal shareholdersSir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay family settlements (100%)
Staff3,719
Founded1923
Websitewww.shopdirect.com

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