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Poundland

Poundland is a British-based variety store chain which sells every item in its stores for £1. Established in April 1990 by Dave Dodd and Stephen Smith, Poundland stock a variety of around 3,000 home and kitchen-ware, gifts, healthcare and other products, across 16 categories many of which are brand name and clearance products. Like many of its rivals, Poundland operates a constantly rotating product line with products sold at the single price point of just £1. Although price-point retailing was invented in the United States during the 1870s, the chain claims to have introduced this concept to Europe and is the largest single-price discount retailer in Europe. The retailer claims that their Croydon store is the busiest single-priced discount outlet in the world, generating more than £9 million in revenue per year with 30,000 customers a week, which as of December 2008, was more than any of its yen and dollar counterparts in Japan and the USA respectively. The company estimates it serves 2.75 million customers in an average week. Poundland have enjoyed strong sales growth and have maintained steady profit growth against increasing inflation. This, among other factors, has been aided by a strong customer base of predominantly female shoppers every week in the C1, C2, D and E categories (the working classes in a system of demographic classification used in the United Kingdom). The chain employs 7,000 staff and their company union is the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW). Their closest rival in the market is 99p Stores, who undercut Poundland's prices by a penny. It was announced in September 2008 that Poundland's owners, Advent International, are said to be cashing in on the resurgence in value retailers by preparing to put the chain up for sale. The report came as figures shown that value retailers are seeing a business boom in the current economic climate. These plans were confirmed in March 2010, when it was reported that Barclays Private Equity has expressed an interest in a potential take-over of Poundland for about £200 million. On Tuesday 4 May 2010, it was announced that Poundland had been sold to US private equity firm Warburg Pincus for £200 million. read more


 

Telent Limited

Telent Limited is a radio, telecommunication, and internet systems installation & services provision company. The Company was formed in 2006 from the UK and German services businesses of Marconi Corporation (formerly General Electric Company) which had not been acquired by Ericsson. read more


 

Virgin Active

Virgin Active is a chain of health clubs in South Africa, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia and the United Kingdom. Initially trading in South Africa as 'The Health and Racquet Club', it was near collapse when it was acquired by Richard Branson's Virgin Group. It has subsequently expanded its operations to Italy, Spain, the UK and, as of December 2008, Australia. On November 1, 2006 it took over the UK-based operation of the more prestigious Holmes Place chain, thus increasing its UK chain of clubs from 24 to 72 overnight. read more


 

Bayford & Co

Bayford & Co is a British petrol and oil distribution company founded in 1919 in Leeds, England. The Company has grown to a group with a Turnover of £335 million and profits of £2.0 million in 2006-07. read more


 

Zavvi Entertainment Group Ltd

Zavvi was an entertainment retail chain in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, originally Virgin Megastores. Zavvi was formed in September 2007 when a management buy-out team purchased the company from Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group. It was the UK's largest independent entertainment retailer before being placed in administration on 24 December 2008. Store closures took place from January 2009, with the last to cease trading on 20 February. HMV purchased 19 Zavvi stores to be merged into the HMV chain. Former managing director Simon Douglas and business partner Les Whitfield purchased five of the stores to form Head Entertainment. All of which eventually closed in late 2009, after less than a year of opening. On 2 March 2009, The Hut Group relaunched the Zavvi website. read more


 

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph is a daily morning broadsheet newspaper distributed throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. The newspaper was founded by Colonel Arthur B. Sleigh in June 1855 as the Daily Telegraph and Courier, and is currently owned by David and Frederick Barclay. In January 2009, the Telegraph was the highest selling newspaper among British broadsheets and former broadsheets, with a certified average daily circulation of 842,912. This compared with a circulation of 617,483 for The Times, 358,844 for The Guardian, and 215,504 for The Independent. According to a MORI survey conducted in 2005, 64% of Telegraph readers intended to support the Conservative Party in the coming elections. The circulation for August 2010 was 673,010, against 494,205 for The Times in August 2010. read more


 

Stewart Milne

Stewart Milne CBE (born c.1950) is a Scottish businessman and football club chairman, from Alford, Aberdeenshire. Milne founded the Aberdeen-based Stewart Milne Group in 1975, a housebuilding contractor. He started off his business renovating bathrooms. As its chairman, he earned the 2005 Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year award and is rumoured to have amassed a personal fortune of around £400million. read more


 

Selfridges

Selfridges, AKA Selfridges & Co, is a chain of high end department stores in the United Kingdom. It was founded by Harry Gordon Selfridge. The flagship store in London's Oxford Street is the second largest shop in the UK (after Harrods) and was opened on 15 March 1909. More recently, three other stores have been opened; in Trafford, Greater Manchester (1998), in Manchester City Centre's Exchange Square (2002) and in the Bullring, Birmingham (2003). For 14 years, the store belonged to Liverpool's now-defunct Lewis's retail group. read more


 

Barchester Healthcare Ltd

Barchester Healthcare Ltd is a UK-wide care provider supporting more than 10,000 people at more than 200 locations. Barchester Healthcare was founded in 1993 by entrepreneur and current CEO, Mike Parsons (Barchester Healthcare). The organisation has adapted and grown from one that focused on nursing care for older people to one that has developed expertise in other care areas. Services include dementia care, assisted living and supported living. The company also provides support for younger people with physical disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, acquired brain injury and neurological disability across a care pathway. Barchester has created Memory Lane Communities around the UK. These communities are dedicated person-centred dementia care facilities. Since 1996, Barchester has grown from 12 to over 200 care homes through over 40 acquisitions and new build developments. In October 2004, Barchester Healthcare acquired Westminster Health Care for £525 million, creating the fourth biggest independent healthcare provider in the UK. Employing more than 14,000 staff, Barchester Healthcare is the only care provider listed in the Sunday Times Top 25 Big Companies To Work For 2010. This is an award voted for by staff. Barchester was placed on the same list in 2006 and 2009. read more


 

Argent Group Plc

Argent Group plc is a leading UK-based property developer founded in 1981. The company was formed as an investment for the pension fund of British Telecom, and was responsible for the redevelopment of Brindleyplace in Birmingham and developments around Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester. read more


 

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