Established in 1984 by chairman Joe Hemani, 70, Westcoast distributes IT products and services to more than 14,000 customers in the UK and Europe. Last year the Reading-based company bought a division of Adveo, which supplies ink and toners to businesses across France. This helped exports double to £321m, with turnover growing 20% to £1.9bn. Westcoast is focusing on expanding its share of the cloud computing market, which it is estimated will be worth £300bn by 2020.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank26
CompanyWestcoast
ActivityElectronic product distributor
LocationReading
Sales £m1,913
Profit £m25
Year endDec 16
Principal shareholdersJoe Hemani (100%)
Staff1,195
Founded1984
Websitewww.westcoast.co.uk

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