In the 78 years since JK Wilkinson opened his first store in Leicester, the company he founded has grown into a chain of 300 shops selling branded products at value prices. Wilkinson has also set up a retail website where customers can save money on big items like washing machines, mattresses and garden sheds. Based in Nottinghamshire, the company is now under the third generation of family ownership, with Karin Swann and Lisa Wilkinson jointly chairing the firm. Sales were £1,246m in 2007.

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Company details
ActivityValue retailer
Sales £m1,246
Profit £m85
Year endJan 07
Principal shareholdersWilkinson family (100%)

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