From inks and adhesives to animal feed, vitamins and soap compounds, Tennants Consolidated distributes more than 2,500 chemical products across Europe and Canada. Founded in the 18th century when Charles Tennant revolutionised the linen trade by producing bleach, the company’s original factory went on to become one of the world’s largest chemical works. It is now owned and run by the Alexander family, and sales reached £346.7m in 2008.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank53
CompanyTennants Consolidated
ActivityChemicals supplier
LocationCentral London
Sales £m346.7
Operating profit £m12.2
Main shareholdersAlexander family (77%), others (23%)
Staff846
Founded1797
Websitewww.tennantsdistribution.com

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