Founded in 1984 by chairman Joe Hemani, 71, Westcoast distributes IT products and services to more than 14,000 customers in the UK and Europe. A full year of trading for its French subsidiary saw turnover up 16% to £2.2bn in 2017, despite exchange rate volatility. Last September, the Reading-based group renegotiated a £225m debt facility to help expand further across Europe.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank21
CompanyWestcoast
ActivityTechnology distributor
LocationReading
Sales £m2,227
Profit £m37
Year endDec 17
Principal shareholdersJoe Hemani (100%)
Staff1,301
Founded1984
Websitewww.westcoast.co.uk

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