Gardners says it has the largest range of books available from a European wholesaler, with 3.8m titles and 500,000 in stock, available for despatch within hours. It also sells DVDs and music CDs. Based in Eastbourne, its customers include retailers such as Waterstones, as well as independent booksellers schools and supermarkets. Jonathan Little, 48, is managing director.

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Company details
Year2013
Rank146
CompanyThe Little Group
ActivityBook, film and music wholesaler
LocationEastbourne
Sales £m200.0
Operating profit £m7.0
Main shareholdersYvette Stafford (30%), Jonathan Little (30%), Andrew Little (30%), Alan & Jean Little (10%)
Staff903
Founded1996
Websitewww.gardners.com

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