B&M Bargains


Arora Brothers

Founders, B&M Bargains

Last ranked: 40

Analysts argue the world of discounting is crowded and ripe for consolidation, but B&M Bargains looks anything but vulnerable for a takeover.

Originally founded in 1978, B&M was snapped up by Simon and Bobby Arora in 2004 and it’s been on an upward trajectory ever since, boosted by a PE injection by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in 2012, the appointment of a certain Sir Terry Leahy to the board (rampant expansion plans followed) and an IPO in 2014 that valued the business at £2.7bn.

B&M opened its 450th store in 2015. And the first thing you see when you walk into a store is grocery.

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