Gardners claims to have the largest range of books available from a British wholesaler, with 2m titles in its catalogue. It also offers 45,000 DVD and Blu-ray products and has a wide selection of music CDs. Customers include large book chains such as Waterstone’s, as well as independent booksellers, online retailers, schools, supermarkets and department stores. The family-run business is led by managing director Jonathan Little and is based in Eastbourne. Sales climbed to £212.6m in 2010.

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Company details
Year2011
Rank174
CompanyThe Little Group
ActivityBook, film and music wholesaler
LocationEastbourne
Sales £m212.6
Operating profit £m9.0
Main shareholdersYvette Stafford (30%), Jonathan Little (30%), Andrew Little (30%), Alan & Jean Little (10%)
Staff1,226
Founded1996
Websitewww.gardners.com

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