LGC — which is based in London and backed by the private equity firm KKR — is a life sciences measurement and analytical testing company serving the pharmaceutical, food, environmental and government sectors. Profits rose to £48.8m in March last year, following the acquisition of three companies, including the Californian genomics firm Biosearch Technologies. Since the year end, chief executive Tim Robinson, 53, has continued his buy-and-build strategy, completing six acquisitions, including a majority stake in American genomics automation business Douglas Scientific, and BRC Global Standards, which LGC says is the world’s largest provider of programmes that assess the safety and quality of a wide range of food and non-food products.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank25
CompanyLGC
ActivityAnalytical services laboratory
LocationSouthwest London
Annual profit growth90.66%
Latest profits £000s48,772
Latest sales £000s247,536
Staff2,337
Founded1842
Websitewww.lgcgroup.com

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