5 successful businesses that began as market stalls

4. Dunelm

Dunelm was founded by husband and wife Bill and Jean Adderley as a Leicester market stall selling curtains in 1979.

It has since grown to become a significant player in homewares retail, with more than 4,000 employees and a turnover of more than £600m.

The company was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2006 valued at more than £360m and is now a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. 

Bill and Jean’s son Will Adderley remains part of the Dunelm team as executive deputy chairman. 

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