Wyevale’s founder Harry Williamson led the way in selling potted plants in Britain. He opened a pioneering garden centre in 1967 that bucked the trend for selling bare-rooted plants by mail order and offered them instead in soil-filled reject jam tins. The venture found favour with garden lovers, and today the company has more than 100 outlets generating annualised sales of £165.5m in 2006. Scottish entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter took the Hereford business private in a £311m deal last year.

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Company details
Year2007
Rank207
CompanyWyevale Garden Centres
ActivityGarden centre operator
LocationWest London
Sales £m†165.5
Operating profit £m†10.0
Main shareholdersConsortium including TBH Trading, BG Holding and Bank of Scotland Corporate
Staff3,917
Founded1967
Websitewww.thegardencentregroup.co.uk

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda