Hot 100 2013 – 82: Hills Prospect

The basics

Company name: Hills Prospect
What they do: Wines, beers and spirits wholesaler
Headquarters: London
The Boss: Alan Saunders, Phillip Merrit and Trevor Bowers

The financials

Latest turnover (£,000): 36,266
Four-year compound sales growth (%): 30
Latest Ebitda (£,000): 1,107

The details

Hills Prospect is the largest independent drinks distributor in the South East and Home Counties. The company’s portfolio coves draught and bottled beer, wine, spirits, minerals, gas and dry goods – in excess of 3,000 lines in total.

The company was established in 1977 and has grown both organically and through mergers and acquisition. While the company acknowledges that the environment is tough – margins are tighter than ever and excise duty keeps increasing – Hills has managed to more than double sales from £16.4m to £36.3m in the last four years. Ebitda stands at £1.1m.

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