Wholesalers were among the best-represented groups in the 2015 Sunday Times Fast Track 100 and Top Track 100/250 surveys of the UK’s biggest and fastest-growing private businesses.
The Fast Track league tables, which rank the fastest-growing companies of the past 12 months, was topped by mobile phone recycler GreenTech distribution, but also featured a number of wholesalers. Highest-placed of these was Enfield-based Abra, which opened a second depot in Luton (see Wholesale News, November) earlier this year.
Wholesalers did even better in the Top Track leagues, which rank companies by sales. In the HSBC Top Track 100, Palmer & Harvey was ranked fifth-biggest private company, with sales of £4.2bn. Chemicals maker Ineos topped the rankings, followed by energy supplier GreenEnergy with retailer John Lewis in third.
The full list of wholesalers in the Top Track 100 was as follows: 5. Palmer & Harvey; 11. Brakes; 17. Bestway; 43. AF Blakemore & Son; 94. Henderson Group; 100. Dhamecha Foods.
In the Top track 250, which ranks mid-sized companies, Spar wholesaler James Hall & Co was highest-placed wholesaler at No. 27, followed by Reynolds at 150, Fresh Direct (154), JJ Food Serice (172), and JW Filshill (232).