Based in Reading, this IT wholesaler distributes products such as PCs, monitors, printers, servers and other peripherals to resellers throughout Britain. The business was founded in 1984 by Joe Hemani, who is still chairman. Sales rose to £683m in 2007, due both to organic growth and acquisitions such as Orion, bought in 2005, and XMA, acquired late last year. Both firms distribute computer consumables such as printer cartridges.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank73
CompanyWestcoast
ActivityElectronic products distributor
LocationReading
Sales £m683
Profit £m8
Year endDec 07
Principal shareholdersJoe Hemani (100%)
Staff588
Founded1984
Websitewww.westcoast.co.uk

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