View more on these topics reports £3.18m profit, the parent of lead generation firm has reported a pre-tax profit of £3.18m, compared to pre-tax loss of £51.01m in 2008.

The site says it strong results mean it is offering a special dividend of £25m or 4.91p per share, its full-year dividend stands at  £67.8m or 13.34p, compared to 3.5p in 2008.

The group’s results show revenue was down to £136.9m from £178.8m in 2008,

While visitors to the group’s website remained flat at 120m. Excluding visitors increased 9%.

Market, brand and visitor numbers achieved on marketing expenditure 22% lower than in 2008.

Gerald Corbett, chairman of, says: “Whilst 2009 was a tough year for the group, it is a measure of the resilience of the business that it was able to maintain its dividend at 2008 levels and declare two special dividends totaling £50m giving a total dividend for the year of £68m.

“Since taking over as chief executive officer in February 2009, Peter Plumb has managed to cut costs whilst protecting the Group’s market leading position and investing in re-engineering the business to drive its next phase of growth.”


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Sarah Scott  – Marketing Consultant, Royal London  This month sees the return of Renton, Sickboy, Begbie and Spud in the sequel to the film Trainspotting. Just over 20 years later, we return to see exactly how life treated the characters whose lifestyle was less than ideal back in 1996. Did they choose a job, choose […]


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