Toiletries distributor Intamarque has recorded a 26% jump in sales as it ­continues to scoop up new business.

Turnover grew to £29.7m in the year to 31 May, while profits increased by 24.8% to £1.46m, giving it a profit margin of 4.9%.

The business, which distributes toiletries and some food lines to wholesalers, independent c-stores and pharmacists, was boosted by a new contract to exclusively supply all 51 branches of variety retailer The Range with toiletries and cleaning products.

Last month it also began distribution for P&G.

"We run a lean business through an intelligent technology-driven stock management system and by keeping our fixed overheads low," said director Stephen Shortt, who runs the business with twin brother Richard.

"Our promotions are market-beating and we keep our prices very competitive. Above all we pride ourselves on a flexible, personal service. All customers have a dedicated account manager."

Shortt said the company had set its sights on a £36m turnover for its current financial year. It intended to achieve this by continuing to stock to its current ­business model, and by winning new customer distribution contracts, together with expanding its sales force, investing in IT, and bringing on new key manufacturer suppliers.

Intamarque launched a new website last month ­allowing customers to place orders online.