Hot 100 2013 18: Arrowedge

The basics

Company name: Arrowedge
What they do: Supplies pharma products to pharmacists
Headquarters: Bournemouth
The Boss: Ullas Patel

The financials

Latest turnover (?,000): 36,464
Four-year compound sales growth (%): 51
Latest Ebitda (?,000): 1,338

The details

Arrowedge, a family business owned and set up by pharmacist Ullas Patel in 1982, supplies drugs to pharmacies. The business started out as a small chain of high-street pharmacies, but today the business has developed into a wholesaler of pharmaceutical products.

The business continues to be family-run now by Nitesh Patel who, encouraged by favourable exchange rates, has taken the business international. From its temperature-controlled warehouse and cold storage facilities near Poole, Arrowedge ships pharmaceuticals throughout Europe, with plans to begin exporting to South America and Asia.

Compound sales growth over four years is 51 per cent, with profits of £1.4m.

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