When Michael Gregory opened his first shop in 1970 there were just two employees at the Leicester-based supplier of tools and equipment to the engineering industry. Cromwell is now the largest British owned industrial distributor with 270 staff. In 2013 it made £25.3m profit on £270m sales.
Latest turnover: £270m
Five-year rise in turnover: 53%
No. of employees: 1,935
Five-year rise in employment: 11%