Started in 1945 by Joseph Cyril Bamford with a second-hand welding kit, this Staffordshire firm has since produced more than 1m machines. The founder’s son, Lord Bamford, 71, is chairman and has been running the business since 1975. He made the decision to expand into India in 1979, and its operation there now generates almost 20% of its revenues. With overseas sales accounting for four-fifths of JCB’s £2.3bn sales in 2015, its yellow construction equipment is recognised in more than 150 countries worldwide.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank17
CompanyJCB
ActivityConstruction machinery manufacturer
LocationStaffordshire
Sales £m2,343
Profit £m163
Year endDec 15
Principal shareholdersBamford family interests (100%)
Staff8,875
Founded1945
Websitewww.jcb.com

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