It started out as a Lancashire fruit and veg retailer, but this firm now operates entirely in the frozen-food sector, which it embraced in the 1970s. Harry Yearsley’s two divisions source frozen food for manufacturers and retailers, and provide a cold-storage and distribution service to food producers. Customers include Tesco, Somerfield and Heinz. Harry Yearsley, grandfather of today’s managing director of the same name, founded the firm in 1955. Sales rose 29% to £141.5m in 2009.

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Company details
Year2010
Rank246
CompanyYearsley Group
ActivityFrozen food supplier
LocationLancashire
Sales £m141.5
Operating profit £m4.2
Main shareholdersYearsley family (100%)
Staff1,261
Founded1955
Websitewww.yearsley.co.uk

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