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14. Henderson Group

Managing Directors: Martin Agnew & Geoffrey Agnew

Employment: 2,496

Turnover: £617.5m

Pre-tax profit: £15.2m

Henderson Group, owners of the SPAR, EUROSPAR, ViVO, ViVOXTRA and ViVO Essentials franchises in Northern Ireland have been distributing food and grocery-related products to the convenience retail sector for over 100 years. Now the largest operator of its kind in the country, this family-run business currently supplies to over 400 stores across the province.

2012 proved to be another successful year for this fourth generation business, with turnover increasing again to £617.5m, matched by improved operating profits with sales up 6% on the previous year. Citing reinvestment as a key factor, the Group has revised its propositions to retailers, shoppers and suppliers, introduced new proactive strategies aimed at tackling the changing consumer and economic landscape, and continued its commitment to local suppliers.

The growth of the Henderson Group’s large format (supermarket) brands EUROSPAR and ViVOXTRA was significant in 2012, with stores performing well, achieving a 7% like for like sales growth.

The Henderson Retail division operates 80 company-owned stores and ended 2012 with good sales growth. Again, further investment into the estate will continue past 2012, with the knockdown and rebuild of a new 4,000 sq ft store on the Knock Dual carriageway, signalling the way in 2013.

Henderson Foodservice enjoyed a 22% sales increase in 2012, with 10% of the business attributed to the sales of the Country Range portfolio.


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