Surinder Arora, 59, founded his company in 1999 after running bed-and-breakfast services for Heathrow’s airline staff. Group activities comprise property, construction and a portfolio of eight hotels — including two at Gatwick and three at Heathrow. Last year, it opened an intercontinental hotel and 101 luxury flats, next to London’s O2 Arena, helping boost sales 48% to £260m this year. In July, Arora put forward its own plans to the government for a new runway and terminal at Heathrow. Its profit of £115m represents a margin of 44%, one of the highest on the league table.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank81
CompanyArora Group
ActivityHotel operator
LocationWest London
Sales £m*260.0
Operating profit £m*115.0
Main shareholdersSurinder Arora (100%)
Staff2,000
Founded1999
Websitewww.thearoragroup.com

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