Founder Chris Dawson, 63, opened the company’s 100th store this year in his home town of Plymouth, where he started as a market trader in 1980. He founded The Range in 1989, selling leisure, home and garden products. Dawson has made a name for himself as an astute dealmaker — when the MFI chain went bust, he bought stock from the administrator, paying £3m for goods that were then sold for £68m.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank7
CompanyThe Range
ActivityDiscount retailer
LocationPlymouth
Sales £m*564.9
Operating profit £m*56.9
Main shareholders

Chris Dawson and family (100%)

Staff6,634
Founded1989
Websitewww.therange.co.uk

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda