The UK's top 30 distributors collectively produce revenues of £14.09bn (€15.97bn), 63 per cent higher than the revenues generated by France's top 30 distributors, which CPI recently pegged as €9.8bn.
That is according to joint research by CPI and IT distributor database ITdistri.
Total revenues for the UK's largest 30 players collectively grew by nine per cent, based on each distributor's most recent financial accounts.
One UK firm managed to grow sales by more than 225 per cent in a single year, while another suffered a 45 per cent year-on-year revenue decline.
Seven of the UK's 30 largest distributors posted a year-on-year revenue decline, while 22 firms improved their top lines on an annual basis.
Five of the seven firms that posted revenue decline are positioned in the lower half of our top 30 players.
The eight players headquartered overseas accounted for £5.54bn, or 40 per cent, of total revenues out of the top 30 distributors.
We have included firms in all areas of IT distribution, including smartphone players and electronic component distributors, as well as those working across consumer and retail IT.
30. Northamber - £57.29m (€64.95m)
Founded in 1980, SMB and education distributor Northamber works across storage, audiovisual, print, PCs, components and backup products from 100 technology vendors.
The distributor's chairman claimed that Northamber's 10.7 per cent revenue slump to £29m for the six months until 31 December 2016 was "intended" and part of its move away from low-margin business areas, a decline which continued in 2017, falling by seven per cent to £57.29m for its year ending 30 June 2017.
Northamber did manage to reduce its losses in its last financial year, swinging from £1.23m to £999,000 in the red between 2016 and 2017.
The firm has made a big push to grow its audiovisual portfolio of late, adding Philips' LFD and commercial TV range and BenQ's TFT products, and signing an exclusive relationship with display vendor Genee and print vendor Ricoh for its solutions projectors.
Strategy director Alex Phillips said the move is partly a response to the bankruptcy of UK distributor Steljes and Exertis' acquisition of Medium - two events which he said has limited options for resellers.
29. Ikonic - £64.10m
This IT distributor's revenues grew by eight per cent in its financial year ending 30 December 2017. After 22 years under the name Eurosimm, the company rebranded as Ikonic last November. A 60-employee-strong operation, Ikonic claims to keep more than £7m in hardware stock and offers servers, storage, networking and 3D printing from vendors including Veeam, Dell, Fujitsu and Bitdefender.
28. Ci Distribution - £70.38m
This peripherals and components distributor was launched in 2016 by public sector reseller Centerprise. The new venture began in Telford, and now employs 16 staff spread across the new office and Centerprise's head office in Basingstoke.
We don't know how large Ci Distribution is in relation to the rest of Centerprise's activities, so we have reported the firm's total revenues for the year ending August 2017, which came to £70.38m, a 26 per cent hike on the previous year.
Ci Distribution made a flurry of new vendor signings in March last year, adding Brother, iKey and Mad Catz to its portfolio which includes more than 50 manufacturers. Products on offer range from rugged devices and security software to consumables and AV equipment.
27. Eurostar Global Electronics - £70.86m
A specialist in wireless consumer electronic devices, Eurostar Global Electronics now has 50 full-time staff working across vendor brands including Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo and Microsoft among others.
Sales grew by a substantial 91 per cent to £70.86m for Eurostar Global Electronics for its year ending 30 April 2017. Now the distributor is looking to lift revenues to £150m within the next three years.
Eurostar has expanded its headcount and moved into a larger HQ in Newcastle-under-Lyme last October which can house up to 100 staff.
26. IML Direct - £80m*
Birmingham-based hardware distributor IML Direct was founded in 2003 and claims to stock around £7m of product from hardware vendors including HP, Lenovo, Cisco and APC as well as £200m of discounted hardware in the UK and Europe which can be delivered within 24 hours.
The firm offers hardware ranging from printers, computing and components to networking, software and audiovisual products.
According to ITdistri, revenues came to around £80m in 2016, up from £63.2m the previous year.
25. Boston - £84.65m
Server and storage specialist Boston has been in business since 1992 and offers products from around 40 vendors including Citrix, Microsoft, IBM and VMware.
Based in Hertfordshire, Boston's revenues climbed by seven per cent to £84.65m in its year ending 28 February 2017.
24. New Way International - £90.48m
This smartphone distributor was founded in 1999 and now has a team of 50 staff based in Middlesex. Samsung, HTC, Apple, LG, Google and Nokia are among the firm's key vendor partners.
Revenues tumbled in its most recent financial results, declining by 41 per cent to £90.48m in its year ending 31 March 2017.
The company claimed the decline was down to a "continued rationalisation" of its customer list, increased competition and a fall in the pound's value against the dollar.
23. Elite Mobile - £90.93m
Billing itself as a leading distributor of pre-pay products, SIM-free handsets and accessories, Wembley-based Elite Mobile has been in business since the 1990s and now also has two offices in Staffordshire.
The distributor managed to grow its revenues by 42 per cent in its year ending December 2016.
22. Nimans - £93.65m
This Manchester-based comms distributor took a bold step into the IT market at the start of 2016, putting the firm into competition with Tech Data, Exertis and Ingram. The firm inked deals with Logitech, NEC Displays and notebook vendor Venturer as part of its portfolio expansion.
The new vendor signings were followed up in August by another portfolio expansion into networking, as Nimans took on new vendors including D-Link, Netgear, DreyTek and HP.
Nimans became BT's only consumer hardware distributor after the telecom giant parted ways with Westcoast, Incom and six other distributors.
2017 proved a tougher year Nimans, as revenues slipped by five per cent to £93.65m.
21. VIP Computers Centre - £94.76m
The PC component distribution arm of VIP Group grew revenues by six per cent in its financial year ending 30 June 2017, which the company put down to positive customer development and a strong product portfolio.
Its parent company VIP Group also owns system builders Ergo Computing and CMS Computers, and has a thriving business in Benelux, which surged by 51.2 per cent to £127.3m in the same year.
Operating profit meanwhile ballooned by 320 per cent in its 2017 financial year, despite its systems builder entities both posting a loss.
VIP Computers Centre works with vendors including Samsung, AMD, Microsoft, Asus, Nvidia and Kingston.
*Based on ITdistri evaluation
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