Chairman Jonathan Little, 53, heads this family-owned holding company, which includes Gardners Books, one of Britain’s largest independent wholesalers of books, music and DVDs. With vinyl sales remaining popular, and strong performance in the US, sales grew 10% to £338.1m this year. It is now doubling the capacity of its Eastbourne warehouse to stock 8m products.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank59
CompanyThe Little Group
ActivityMedia wholesaler
LocationEastbourne
Sales £m*338.1
Operating profit £m*17.4
Main shareholdersJonathan Little (30%), Andrew Little (30%), Yvette Stafford (30%), Alan & Jean Little (10%)
Staff1,218
Founded1996
Websitewww.gardners.com

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda