Fifty local authorities outsource the management of more than 150 leisure facilities to this Stirling group, run by managing director Martin Bell, 55, the son of founder Frank. The business — which is the biggest employer on the league table with 4,746 staff — also makes own-branded pizzas for supermarkets and provides catering management software for NHS trusts and local authorities. In 2015 it diversified further, buying Weight Management Centre and Discovery Learning. These acquisitions, plus new contracts with city councils such as Sunderland and Middlesbrough, helped profits hit £9.9m last year.
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