Wren Kitchens flying high in The Sunday Times Top Track 250
GROWING NUMBER: Wren Kitchens' showroom in Hull.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 2 Oct 2017
WREN Kitchens is in the top tier of The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table.
The Barton-based business is ranked 23rd in the analysis of Britain’s private mid-market growth companies with the biggest sales, placing it in the top 10 per cent.
Wren is part of West Retail Group, also owner of electronics retailer Ebuyer.com.
Founded by entrepreneur Malcolm Healey, 73, in 2009, Wren now employs 4,000 people, with sales of kitchens in the past four years totalling £1 billion.
Recent years have seen it invest £40 million in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at the acquired 'The Nest' headquarters in Barton, creating 600 new jobs at the former Kimberly-Clark nappy plant.
The 750,000 sq ft facility is on Falkland Way and once completed it will employ around 1,500 people, as well as a stand-alone facility on Foxhills Industrial Estate in Scunthorpe.
Finance director Mark Pullan, pictured right, said: "The company has experienced unprecedented sales growth over the last few years and will be looking to continue this success and almost triple the number of retail showrooms in the UK from 64 to 150.”
An operating profit of £11.9 million was reported in the list, which is available here.
William Jackson Food Group of Hull is in 60th position. It reported sales of £315 million, with an operating profit of £18.3 million.
Building supplies giant MKM came followed at 69th, with sales of £284 million and operating profits of £20.8 million, while elsewhere on the North Bank caravan and motorhome manufacturer Swift Group is 85th with sales of £252 million and an operating profit of £17.5 million, with Willerby, mobile home builder, in 189th with sales of £147.1 million and operating profits of £9.9 million.
Karro Food Group, which has operations in Scunthorpe, came in at 25th, with Country Style Foods, with a plant in Grimsby, at 140th. Both are headquartered elsewhere.
Wren took over the huge Barton facility in late 2013. Speaking prior to this list's publication on the model that has brought the rewards, Mr Pullan said: “Wren was set up in 2009 as we believed there was a gap in the market for high quality kitchens at sensible prices.
“The company is able to offer this because it owns the entire supply chain, it manufactures its own products, it sells the products through its own retail stores and it delivers on its own fleet of vehicles. There are no middlemen and all of the savings we make are passed on to the consumer."
Ebuyer operates from a 280,000 sq ft site in Howden, East Yorkshire, and sells 40,000 products a week, with more than five million registered customers. It was initially launched in Sheffield, but operations at three sites in the county were brought to the purpose-built facility in 2006.
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