Star Wars Sphero BB8 robot helps Widget become 2015’s ‘fastest growing’ UK distie

Widget UK has revealed that, according to its analysis, it was the fastest growing distributor of IT and consumer electronics in 2015.

“Research by Widget shows that there are 27 IT and consumer electronics distributors which report sales of £20 million or more in the UK to Companies House,” said the firm.

“With all company results up until March 31st 2015 now registered, the 132 per cent sales growth shown by Widget in its latest annual report is significantly faster than any other distributor in this group.”

Out of the other 26 distributors, five show sales decreases, twenty show sales increases, and one reported sales in a new company structure, which makes year-on-year comparison difficult.

The distributor revealed that sales in the financial year to 31st March 2016 are also expected to show high growth, if perhaps not quite as high as the year before.

One particular product that Widget saw success with in 2015 was the Sphere BB8 robot. In fact, it was the firm’s star product over Christmas. The toy version of the bot featured in the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens retailed at £129.99 and Widget said it sold well through all major UK retailers.

Back in July, PCR reported that Widget UK unveiled a 129 per cent increase in sales in its results to March 31st 2015.

MD David Elder said the company has had a year of “outstanding growth”, with wearable technology and smartwatch products growing the most.

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