Founded in 1973, this Derbyshire leisure company has 571 wood cabins to rent in nine forest locations across the UK, from Cornwall to Argyll. All are situated within public forest estates and designed to blend in with the environment. Led by chief executive Bruce McKendrick, 56, the firm’s annualised profits rose to £7.2m in 2017, attracting Phoenix Equity Partners, which paid £110m for a 42% stake in the business that year. It is part-owned by the Forestry Commission and has agreement to build at a new site in the Brecon Beacons this year.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank4
CompanyForest Holidays
ActivityHoliday park operator
LocationMoira, Derbyshire
Annual profit growth130.50%
Latest profits £000s†7,250
Latest sales £000s†35,520
Staff635
Founded1973
Websitewww.forestholidays.co.uk

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