This Leeds group provides drain and sewer maintenance for the likes of Thames Water — for which it removed a 10-ton “fatberg” beneath Chelsea in 2015. Last year, managing director Wayne Earnshaw, 53, bought Irish competitor Arlo. In May, Transport for London awarded a contract to Lanes’ rail division, its third in four months, valued at £65m; these new contracts are expected to raise turnover by a third.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank121
CompanyLanes Group
ActivityWastewater services provider
LocationLeeds
Sales £m197
Operating profit £m7.7
Main shareholdersWayne Earnshaw (47%), management and other (53%)
Staff2,084
Founded1999
Websitewww.lanesfordrains.co.uk

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