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 21 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 from £24m in FY15 to £152m in FY23.

The Group operates from a Head Office in York, a software development office in Manchester, distribution centres in York, Bacup, Sweden, Germany, Ireland and Spain, and showrooms in York, Sweden and Germany.

Gear4music sells own-brand musical instruments and music equipment alongside well-known premium brands including Yamaha, Roland and Fender, to customers ranging from beginners, to musical enthusiasts and professionals. The Group has been selling into Europe since 2012 and the Rest of the World since 2017.

Gear4music invests in developing a bespoke e-commerce platform, with multilingual, multicurrency and fully responsive design websites localised to 19 countries, to rapidly expand the customer database, and build an increasing overseas presence.

The Group retails 64,200 SKUs across all major musical instrument and equipment categories, sourced from over 1,130 manufacturers, from £1 kazoos to digital pianos, drum kits and guitars costing thousands of pounds.

In December 2021 the Group acquired AV Distribution Ltd, an online retailer of audio-visual equipment, including home cinema systems, HiFi systems, speakers, cables, headphones and accessories. In January 2022 the Group launched

  1. Track record of success - long term revenue and market share growth
  2. Bespoke and proprietary e-commerce platform delivers competitive advantage
  3. Specialist knowledge facilitates strong relationships with customers and suppliers
  4. Well-developed and wide-ranging product ranges
  5. Efficient logistics system