Sourcing and supplying consumer products to large retailers in Britain, mainland Europe, America, South Africa and Australia is the business of this Manchester company. Its products range from cookware and home electronics to luggage and foam mattresses. Retailers including M&S and Tesco as well as Carrefour in France and Walmart in America brand the products themselves or use Ultimate Products’ names. The firm has established a large showroom in Hong Kong to market its wares to overseas buyers, helping to boost international sales by 73% a year, from £7.6m in 2008 to £22.8m in 2010. The business was co-founded in 1997 by chief executive Simon Showman and Barry Franks, and is backed by LDC, which invested £25m for a 46% share in 2005.
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