Family-owned for 211 years, this Liverpool conglomerate was originally a ship operator, but has diversified into areas such as retail, distribution, financial services and marine services. Group sales fell 17% to £1.2bn in 2016 as Bibby’s offshore business faced challenging conditions following a drop in oil and gas activity in the North Sea. In February, managing director Sir Michael Bibby, 54, was elected president of the UK Chamber of Shipping, and in June he stepped back from Bibby, with new chief executive John Cresswell, 57, taking over.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank48
CompanyBibby Line Group
ActivityConglomerate
LocationLiverpool
Sales £m1,203
Profit £m14
Year endDec 16
Principal shareholdersSir Michael Bibby and family (89%), management and others (11%)
Staff4,934
Founded1807
Websitewww.bibbylinegroup.co.uk

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