Established in 1992 as Lanes for Drains, this Leeds company provides drain and sewer maintenance for utilities providers such as Thames Water. In 2015, it removed from a sewer under Chelsea a 10-ton “fatberg” that was so heavy it had broken the 1940s-era pipes. Managing director Wayne Earnshaw, 54, bought Irish competitor Arlo in 2016, helping operating profits grow 45% to reach £12.6m in the year to July.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank128
CompanyLanes Group
ActivityWastewater services provider
LocationLeeds
Sales £m*208.6
Operating profit £m*12.6
Main shareholdersWayne Earnshaw (49%), management and others (53%)
Staff2,064
Founded1992
Websitewww.lanesfordrains.co.uk

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