Established as a hardware shop in Leicester in 1930, Wilko now sells goods, including kitchenware and garden tools, from more than 400 UK stores, as well as online. Sales grew 3% to £1.5bn last year but profits were down 14% to £49m, partly due to the introduction of the national living wage. The Nottinghamshire firm is owned by the founder’s family, including his granddaughter, Lisa Wilkinson, 50, who chairs the board.
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