Gear4music (Holdings) plc


Gear4music (Holdings) plc

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At a Glance

At a glance

Gear4music is an online retailer of musical instruments and music equipment, operating 20 websites in 15 languages and 9 currencies.

Gear4music is the largest retailer of musical instruments and music equipment in the UK. Launched in 2003 by Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wass, revenue has grown quickly from £12.3m in FY13 to £80.1m in FY18.

Gear4music sells own-brand musical instruments and music equipment alongside well known premium brands including Fender, Yamaha and Roland, to customers ranging from beginners, to musical enthusiasts and professionals. The Group retails over 46,000 SKUs across all major musical instrument and equipment categories, sourced from over 790 manufacturers, and range from £1 kazoos to digital pianos, drum kits and guitars costing thousands of pounds.

The Group has invested £5.9m to date in developing a bespoke end-end ecommerce platform, with multilingual, multicurrency and fully responsive design websites localised to 20 countries. The Group has been selling into Europe since 2012 and started shipping internationally in FY17.

The primary logistics and distribution centre of the Group is based in York, in the UK. To improve the delivery experience for its European customers, the group opened distribution hubs in Sweden and Germany towards the end of FY16, and now has a logistics capacity in excess of £100m. Public showrooms are also attached to each distribution centre.

In June 2017 a 50,000 sq ft office in York was acquired by the Group for its new HQ in York. The group also has an office in Manchester, where the majority of its bespoke software platform developers are based.