Rank Company Location Year end Sales £m % annual growth Profit £m Staff Main shareholders
1 Alliance BootsRetailer and pharmaceutical wholesaler UK/Switzerland Mar 14 *23,367 4.3 *1,508 76,769 Walgreens (45%), KKR, Stefano Pessina
2 INEOSChemicals manufacturer UK/Switzerland Dec 13 *20,226 9.9 *1,609 11,332 Jim Ratcliffe (75%), management and staff (25%)
3 GreenergyFuel supplier Central London Apr 14 *15,685 7.6 *27 518 Tesco Pension Trustees Ltd (35%), Owens family (32%), Caradog (24%)
4 John Lewis PartnershipFood and general retailer Central London Jan 14 9,028 6.6 780 86,600 Employees (100%)
5 SwireConglomerate Central London Dec 13 *6,253 12.6 *1,441 82,752 Swire family (67%), others (33%)
6 StemcorSteel trader Central London Dec 12 5,112 18.3 15 2,009 Oppenheimer family (71%), management and staff (29%)
7 Palmer and HarveyWholesale distributor East Sussex Apr 13 4,233 0.1 37 3,542 Management and employees (74%), former employees (26%)
8 WorldpayPayment processor Central London Dec 13 3,394 9.9 346 4,142 Advent International (43%), Bain Capital (43%), management and staff (10%), other (4%)
9 Laing O’RourkeEngineering and construction group Dartford Mar 13 3,228 11.1 131 15,351 Ray O’Rourke and Des O’Rourke through Suffolk Partners Corporation
10 European Metal RecyclingMetal recycler Warrington Dec 12 3,184 5 145 2,379 Sheppard family (100%)
11 Brakes GroupFood distributor Kent Dec 13 *3,020 4.2 *140 10,093 Bain Capital, management
12 Virgin AtlanticAirline and tour operator Crawley Dec 13 2,975 4.9 29 9,522 Virgin Group (51%), Delta Air Lines (49%)
13 Arnold Clark AutomobilesCar dealer Glasgow Dec 13 *2,919 17.5 *232 8,930 Clark family and trusts (100%)
14 2 Sisters Food GroupFood producer Birmingham Jul 13 2,885 23.3 178 22,987 Baljinder and Ranjit Boparan (100%)
15 ArcadiaFashion retailer Central London Aug 13 2,736 2.1 325 42,734 Lady Tina Green and family, Lloyds Banking Group
16 IcelandFrozen food retailer North Wales Mar 14 2,711 2.7 202 14,404 Landmark Group and others (57%), Malcolm Walker and management (43%)
17 JCBConstruction equipment manufacturer Staffordshire Dec 13 *2,680 -1.2 *313 8,547 Bamford family (100%)
18 Bestway GroupConglomerate West London Jun 13 *2,518 0.9 *220 5,645 Sir Anwar Pervez and family (70%), management (30%)
19 Rigby GroupIT infrastructure integrator Stratford-upon-Avon Mar 13 2,202 20.3 21 4,904 Sir Peter Rigby and family (100%)
20 TI AutomotiveCar parts maker Oxford/USA Dec 13 2,136 8.4 274 20,010 More than 20 investors, including Oaktree and Pointstate Capital
21 Thames WaterWater services provider Reading Mar 14 1,951 8.2 1,166 4,690 Consortium led by Macquarie European Infrastructure Funds
22 SpecsaversOptical and hearing aid retailer Guernsey Feb 13 *1,917 7.8 n/a 30,000 Perkins family
23 Pentland GroupBrand manager and retailer Central London Dec 13 *1,910 9.8 *162 17,746 Rubin family (100%)
24 SSPTravel foodservice provider Weybridge Sep 13 1,827 5.2 153 29,529 EQT and management (85%), mezzanine lenders (15%)
25 Shop DirectInternet and catalogue retailer Liverpool Jun 13 1,698 19.1 59 5,242 Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay (100%)
26 BakkavorPrepared food producer Central London Dec 13 1,650 3.9 110 18,892 Gudmundsson brothers (39%), Arion Bank (26%), other institutions and investors (35%)
27 Bibby Line GroupConglomerate Liverpool Dec 13 1,592 13.1 112 6,439 Sir Michael Bibby and family (88%), management and others (12%)
28 MRH (GB)Fuel retailer and distributor Essex Sep 13 1,579 24.3 40 289 Management (62%), Equistone Partners Europe (38%)
29 ClarksShoe retailer and wholesaler Somerset Jan 14 1,541 7.5 163 15,788 Clark family (84%), employees and institutions (16%)
30 New LookFashion retailer Central London Mar 14 *1,529 4.8 *200 20,073 Permira (28%), Apax (28%), Tom Singh (23%), management (16%)
31 Radius Payment SolutionsFuel card manager Crewe Mar 14 *1,503 n/a *31 476 Bill Holmes (55%), Roy Sciortino (11%), management (34%)
32 WilkoValue retailer Nottinghamshire Feb 13 †1,501 -4.1 †67 21,774 Wilkinson family (100%)
33 Anglian Water GroupWater services provider Cambridgeshire Mar 13 1,389 -5.8 705 5,967 CPPIB (33%), CFSGAM (32%), IFM Investors (20%), 3i Infrastructure (15%)
34 KCA DEUTAG GroupDrilling contractor Aberdeen Dec 13 1,381 28.5 195 7,477 Pamplona Capital, other investment funds
35 Marshall GroupConglomerate Cambridge Dec 13 1,294 14.8 54 4,533 Sir Michael Marshall, Robert Marshall & family trusts (71%), others (29%)
36 DysonAppliance manufacturer Wiltshire Dec 12 *1,240 17.4 *364 4,500 Sir James Dyson and family (100%)
37 Iglo GroupFrozen food producer West London Dec 13 *1,221 -4.3 *255 2,809 Permira, management
38 Mott MacDonaldManagement and engineering consultancy Croydon Dec 13 1,215 10 72 13,990 Employees (72%), trust (28%)
39 WestcoastElectronic products distributor Reading Dec 13 1,199 14.5 12 829 Joe Hemani (100%)
40 Gala CoralBetting and gaming operator Central London Sep 13 1,184 1.5 246 17,778 Anchorage (21%), Apollo (21%), cerberus (21%), Park Square (6%), others (31%)
41 MaceConstruction project manager Central London Dec 13 *1,181 8.1 *35 3,716 Management (100%)
42 Phones 4uMobile phone retailer Staffordshire Dec 12 1,141 16.9 132 5,811 BC Partners (77%), management (23%)
43 AF Blakemore & SonFood distributor West Midlands Apr 13 1,135 -1.1 21 7,878 Blakemore family (100%)
44 Findus GroupFood producer Central London Sep 13 *1,135 1.7 *90 4,581 Lion Capital, Highbridge, JPMorgan, others
45 Healthcare at HomeHome healthcare provider Burton upon Trent Oct 12 1,109 13.1 17 1,295 Vitruvian Partners (majority), Hutton Collins, Management
46 MatalanValue retailer Liverpool Mar 14 * †1,102 -2.1 * †94 15,995 Hargreaves family (100%)
47 United BiscuitsBranded snack manufacturer West London Dec 13 *1,096 4.3 *164 6,597 PAI Partners (45%), Blackstone (45%), management (10%)
48 River IslandFashion retailer West London Dec 12 1,067 -0.2 163 16,428 Bernard Lewis and family (100%)
49 William Grant & SonsSpirits distiller Banffshire Dec 12 1,064 1.4 149 1,696 Grant and Gordon families
50 TJ MorrisDiscount retailer Liverpool Jun 13 1,058 15.7 129 9,238 Tom Morris and family (100%)
51 ArupDesign and engineering consultancy Central London Mar 13 1,031 3.9 77 10,828 Employees, through three trusts
52 Kelda GroupWater services provider Bradford Mar 13 1,024 6.5 577 3,384 Consortium comprising Citigroup, GIC, RREEF Infrastructure and Infracapital
53 Willmott Dixon GroupConstruction contractor Hertfordshire Dec 13 1,023 -1.1 15 3,070 Willmott family (60%), Dixon family (20%), management (20%)
54 bet365Online bookmaker Stoke-on-Trent Mar 13 †975 35 †195 2,564 Coates family (93%), Will Roseff (7%)
55 Monarch HoldingsAirline and tour operator Luton Airport Oct 13 957 16 68 3,191 Amerald Investments (88%), Atlantic Financial (7%), Abaco Holdings (4%)
56 Unipart GroupManufacturing, logistics and consultancy Oxford Dec 13 *924 2 *24 6,931 3i, Electra (27%), management & staff (52%), UGC Pension schemes and others (21%)
57 JCT600Car dealer Bradford Dec 13 910 36.1 29 1,802 Tordoff family (100%)
58 LycamobilePrepaid mobile telecoms provider Central London Feb 14 *904 10.2 n/a 5,800 Subaskaran Allirajah (90%), Milind Kangle (8%), other (2%)
59 FircroftTechnical Recruitment Specialist Warrington Aug 13 898 23.8 25 512 Johnson family and management (63%), Equistone Partners (37%)
60 Virgin Rail GroupTrain operator Central London Mar 13 898 3.1 18 2,915 Virgin Group Holdings (51%), Stagecoach (49%)
61 Formula OneMotor racing administrator Central London Dec 12 *897 11.8 *280 293 CVC Capital Partners, Waddell & Reed, Ecclestone family trusts, others
62 KeepmoatHousing regeneration specialist South Yorkshire Mar 13 886 31.1 51 3,171 Lloyds (50%), management (50%)
63 Expro InternationalOilfield services provider Reading Mar 14 875 15.4 243 5,325 Goldman Sachs (34%), Arle Capital Partners (32%), Alpinvest (12%), others (22%)
64 ListersCar dealer Stratford-upon-Avon Mar 14 *862 22.3 *23 1,891 Terry Lister (27%), Keith Bradshaw (25%), Geoff Lister (15%), others (33%)
65 Bourne LeisureCaravan park operator Hertfordshire Dec 13 *862 2.8 *194 12,525 Peter Harris, family of the late John Cook, David Allen, management
66 Sir Robert McAlpineConstruction contractor Hertfordshire Oct 13 862 17.6 17 2,054 McAlpine family (100%)
67 WatesConstruction contractor Surrey Dec 13 852 22.3 17 2,074 Wates family (100%)
68 Rontec / Snax24Fuel forecourt operator Watford Sep 13 *849 -3.7 *7 133 Investec (46%), Snax 24 (34%), Ronpartners LLP (7%), others (13%)
69 Harrods GroupDepartment store operator Central London Feb 14 *843 12.3 *191 4,140 Qatar Holding (100%)
70 MotoMotorway services operator Bedfordshire Dec 13 840 -1.1 80 4,884 Macquarie, Equity Partners Infrastructure, Australian funds, management
71 OCS GroupFacilities services provider Gatwick Mar 13 827 16.3 32 70,890 Goodliffe family (100%)
72 ArqivaCommunications services provider Winchester Jun 13 821 -1.3 417 1,904 Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (48%), other investors (52%)
73 Northgate Information SolutionsSoftware and services provider Hertfordshire Apr 13 802 -5.8 154 10,183 KKR (80%), management (10%), other institutional investors (10%)
74 BiffaIntegrated waste manager High Wycombe Mar 13 *792 -6.1 *91 6,376 Angelo Gordon, Avenue Capital Group, Sankaty Advisors
75 Southern WaterWater services provider West Sussex Mar 13 779 8.7 547 1,938 UBS Global (39%) and JP Morgan (28%), others (33%)
76 ASCOOil and gas services provider Aberdeen Dec 13 *769 13.8 *38 2,100 Doughty Hanson (80%), management (20%)
77 Samworth BrothersFood producer Leicestershire Dec 12 767 3 71 7,377 Samworth family trusts (100%)
78 DunbiaRed meat processor County Tyrone Mar 14 *765 6.3 n/a 3,256 Jack and James Dobson (100%)
79 Spire HealthcarePrivate hospital operator Central London Dec 13 *764 3.5 *154 6,944 Cinven, management
80 Bloor InvestmentsBuilder and motorcycle maker Derbyshire Jun 13 760 4.6 62 2,711 John Bloor (100%)
81 The Miller GroupHousebuilder & construction services Edinburgh Dec 13 755 31.5 11 1,306 GSO Capital Partners (Blackstone) (56%), Lloyds Banking Group and RBS (31%), Miller family and employees (13%)
82 AMC GroupMetal processor and trader Central London Dec 13 750 -3 14 682 Harold Sher (26%), Giles Robbins (11%), Charles Rowan (11%), others (52%)
83 Caparo GroupMetal engineer Central London Dec 13 *749 11.9 *60 2,719 Lord Paul and family interests (100%)
84 Shepherd GroupBuilder, manufacturer and developer York Jun 13 748 11.4 33 3,228 Shepherd family (100%)
85 DoncastersEngineering components maker Burton upon Trent Dec 13 740 -0.2 134 4,449 Dubai International Capital (98%), management (2%)
86 Lamex Food GroupFood importer and exporter Hertfordshire Mar 13 736 8.8 16 224 Steve Anderson (21%), Phillip Wallace (12%), Colin Dicker (12%), others (55%)
87 Langley HoldingsEngineering equipment maker Nottinghamshire Dec 13 714 -0.6 86 4,042 Tony Langley (100%)
88 Telereal TrilliumProperty investor and manager Central London Mar 13 711 3.4 183 790 Pears family and management (100%)
89 Odeon & UCI Cinemas GroupCinema operator Central London Dec 13 707 -2.4 75 9,068 Terra Firma (more than 99%), Management (less than 1%)
90 Hanover AcceptancesConglomerate Central London Dec 12 706 2.8 56 1,766 Gorvy family
91 Greenhous GroupCar dealer Shrewsbury Dec 13 673 14.6 4 771 Derek Passant (52%), Kerry Finnon (47%), Mike Pawson (1%)
92 Camelot UK LotteriesLottery operator Watford Mar 13 672 5.9 81 632 Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (100%)
93 DFSUpholstered furniture retailer South Yorkshire Jul 13 671 7.4 86 3,243 Advent International
94 Bowmer & KirklandConstruction contractor Derbyshire Aug 13 660 -2.2 32 1,351 Kirkland family and family trusts
95 Care UKCare services provider Central London Sep 13 657 34.8 53 18,460 Bridgepoint (79%), management (20%), other (1%)
96 Virgin ActiveHealth club operator Central London Dec 13 *653 1.8 *125 13,976 CVC Capital Partners (45%), Virgin Group (43%), management (12%)
97 Welcome BreakMotorway services operator Milton Keynes Jan 14 *646 1.4 *44 4,238 Appia Group
98 Henderson GroupFood wholesaler and retailer County Antrim Dec 13 643 3.6 28 2,470 Geoffrey Agnew (12%), Martin Agnew (12%), Ardbarron Trust (76%)
99 TravelexForeign exchange operator Central London Dec 13 640 12 45 7,717 Apax (58%), Lloyd Dorfman (29%), Standard Chartered Bank (7%), management (6%)
100 Firth RixsonAerospace manufacturer Sheffield Sep 13 *636 0.2 *109 2,423 Oak Hill Capital Partners (majority stake), Lehman Brothers, management (minority stake)

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