Rank Company Location Year end Sales £m Operating profit £m Staff Main shareholders
1 flybeAirline operator Exeter Mar 08 535.9 38.2 3,197 Rosedale Aviation (69%), staff (16%), BA (15%)
2 MaceConstruction project manager Central London Dec 07 531.2 6.8 2,817 Management (100%)
3 NG BaileyMechanical, electrical contractor West Yorkshire Feb 08 524.9 2.9 3,884 Bailey family (100%)
4 Samworth BrothersFood producer Leicestershire Dec 06 518.8 37.7 5,734 Samworth family trusts (100%)
5 Odeon & UCI Cinemas GroupCinema operator Central London Dec 07 517.1 22.6 9,473 Terra Firma (> 99%)
6 Aston MartinSports car maker Warwickshire Dec 06 515.4 58.2 1,426 Investment Dar (63%), Adeem Investment (32%), David Richards (3%), Dr Ulrich Bez (2%)
7 DysonAppliance manufacturer Wiltshire Dec 06 514.7 82.8 1,854 Sir James Dyson and family (100%)
8 Firth RixsonAerospace manufacturer Sheffield Sep 07 492.8 75.0 1,760 Oak Hill Capital Partners (majority stake), Lehman Brothers†, management
9 Morrison Utility ServicesUtility services provider Stevenage Mar 08 492.6 13.3 2,947 Cognetas (50%), Englefield Capital (50%)
10 McCarthy & StoneRetirement house builder Bournemouth Aug 07 †471.7 †109.3 1,170 Bank of Scotland Corporate, Reuben brothers, Lehman Brothers†, West Coast Capital
11 Formula OneMotor racing administrator Central London Dec 07 464.0 109.7 239 CVC Capital Partners
12 Associated British PortsPort operator Central London Dec 07 462.9 196.9 2,423 Borealis (34%), GIC (33%), Goldman Sachs (23%), Infracapital (10%)
13 PerrysCar dealer Northampton Dec 07 460.8 7.4 1,545 Denise Millard (60%), Ken Savage (20%), management
14 Healthcare at HomeHome healthcare provider Burton upon Trent Oct 07 459.0 14.2 869 Hutton Collins (35%), management (65%)
15 Murray InternationalConglomerate Edinburgh Jan 07 451.7 28.8 3,880 Murray family (81%), Bank of Scotland Corporate (11%), others
16 Spire HealthcarePrivate hospital operator Central London Dec 07 449.3 50.7 5,216 Cinven, management
17 CountrysideHousebuilder Brentwood Sep 07 449.0 41.7 811 Bank of Scotland Corporate (50%), Cherry family (50%)
18 Northern & Shell Media GroupPublisher & broadcaster Central London Dec 07 441.3 49.5 1,257 Richard Desmond (100%)
19 Giant GroupOutsourced services provider Central London May 07 441.0 9.8 2,515 Matthew Brown (75%), Michael Healy (20%), Mark McAllister (5%)
20 Harrods GroupDepartment store operator Central London Feb 08 440.8 45.8 3,206 Mohamed Al-Fayed (100%)
21 GondolaRestaurant operator Central London Jul 07 †440.1 †39.5 11,939 Cinven, management
22 Watson PetroleumFuel distributor Wiltshire Apr 08 436.8 4.3 460 Watson family (100%)
23 EdwardsIndustrial equipment manufacturer West Sussex Dec 07 †435.3 †25.2 4,127 CCMP Capital, management
24 Bernard Matthews FarmsFood producer Norwich Dec 06 422.4 21.6 6,650 Bernard Matthews and family (100%)
25 WarburtonsBaker Bolton Sep 07 414.6 47.2 4,494 Warburton family (100%)
26 AT KearneyManagement consultancy Central London Dec 06 †413.1 †28.4 2,383 Employees (100%)
27 William Grant & SonsSpirits distiller Banffshire Dec 06 412.8 73.3 1,109 Bath Street Nominees (43%), Charles and Grant Gordon
28 PA Consulting GroupManagement, IT consultancy Central London Dec 07 407.9 27.7 2,922 Employees (100%)
29 Henderson GroupFood wholesaler and retailer County Antrim Dec 07 407.6 12.7 1,941 G Agnew (37%), M Agnew (37%), Ardbarron Trust (24%)
30 CP HoldingsConglomerate Watford Dec 06 402.1 29.3 8,311 Schreier family trusts (100%)
31 FarmfoodsFrozen food retailer Birmingham Dec 06 400.3 1.5 2,969 Eric Herd (97%), William McCreadie (3%)
32 HalcrowEngineering consultancy West London Dec 07 388.1 28.4 6,021 Halcrow Trust (70%), employees (30%)
33 VertexOutsourced services provider London Mar 07 384.7 13.2 9,339 Oakhill Capital Partners, GenNx360, Knox Lawrence
34 Willmott Dixon GroupConstruction contractor Hertfordshire Dec 07 380.4 6.1 704 Willmott family (60%), Dixon family (20%), management (20%)
35 2 Sisters Food GroupFood producer Birmingham Jul 06 377.2 23.5 3,106 Baljinder and Ranjit Boparan (100%)
36 WeetabixBreakfast cereal maker Northamptonshire Dec 06 372.4 61.1 2,447 Lion Capital (100%)
37 SHS GroupBrand owner Belfast Dec 06 370.7 25.1 802 Geoff Salters and family (50%), Joe Sloan and family (50%)
38 Four Seasons Health CareHealthcare provider Cheshire Dec 06 368.8 8.4 16,064 Three Delta, management
39 ArqivaCommunications services provider Winchester Jun 07 361.8 105.9 1,423 Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group (61%), consortium of other investors (39%)
40 BOCM PAULS (Agricola Group)Animal feed manufacturer Ipswich Dec 06 360.0 6.7 981 Management and staff (89%), Electra Investment Trust (8%)
41 UK Car GroupCar dealer Rochdale Sep 07 359.5 6.2 1,463 Noel and Darren McKee and family (100%)
42 Bargain BoozeConvenience/off-licence franchisor Crewe Apr 07 358.9 8.0 233 ECI Partners (75%), management (25%)
43 Noble FoodsEgg products manufacturer Hertfordshire Sep 07 358.8 3.9 1,856 Peter Dean (50%), Michael Kent (50%)
44 Pets At HomePet products retailer Cheshire Mar 08 354.6 36.5 2,647 Bridgepoint Capital (63.8%), New York Capital Life (4.7%), management (31.5%)
45 Dhamecha FoodsCash and carry wholesaler Wembley Mar 08 352.6 8.2 366 Dhamecha family (100%)
46 Northgate Information SolutionsSoftware and services provider Hertfordshire Apr 07 351.7 49.2 3,490 KKR, management
47 Argent Group EuropeFood supplier Central London Dec 07 351.4 8.3 1,004 Cinven (57%), management (20%), others (23%)
48 Barchester HealthcareCare home operator Southwest London Dec 07 350.8 18.9 12,378 Grove Investments
49 SelfridgesDepartment store operator Central London Feb 07 †348.8 †54.6 2,211 Wittington Investments (100%)
50 Stewart MilneHousebuilder Aberdeen Jun 07 348.0 51.9 1,132 Stewart Milne and family (100%)
51 PolestarContract printer Dunstable Sep 07 †344.6 †-9.3 3,964 BlueBay, JP Morgan, Royal Bank of Scotland
52 Alexander Mann SolutionsRecruitment consultancy Central London Sep 07 342.0 6.5 746 Graphite Capital, management
53 Telegraph Media GroupNews publisher Central London Dec 06 341.1 36.5 1,012 Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay (100%)
54 ZavviEntertainment retailer West London Mar 07 341.0 -46.6 2,726 Simon Douglas (50%), Steve Peckham (50%)
55 PentagonCar dealer Derby Dec 07 339.2 3.6 468 Trevor Reeve (90%), Andrew Flinn (5%), Graham Hall (5%)
56 Langley HoldingsEngineering equipment maker Nottinghamshire Dec 07 337.7 39.9 2,399 Tony Langley (100%)
57 ERMEnvironmental consultancy Central London Mar 08 337.4 17.1 3,385 Bridgepoint (57%), management (43%)
58 BayfordFuel distributor West Yorkshire Jun 07 335.2 2.0 201 Jonathan Turner (100%)
59 Agnew GroupCar dealer Belfast Dec 06 334.6 8.0 921 Agnew family (77%), Roadfield Motors (23%)
60 James Hall & CoGrocery wholesaler Preston Mar 07 333.5 9.4 2,028 Hall family (100%)
61 Seton House GroupSpecialist engineer Surrey Dec 07 333.0 -3.6 3,101 Royal Bank Equity Finance (50%), Capital Riesgo Global (35%) management (15%)
62 Lagan HoldingsConstruction materials supplier Belfast Mar 07 324.4 24.4 1,015 Kevin Lagan (55%), Michael Lagan (45%)
63 TJ MorrisDiscount retailer Liverpool Jun 07 322.5 30.0 3,081 Tom Morris (90%), Morris family trust (10%)
64 Stan JamesBookmaker Oxfordshire Dec 06 319.5 4.4 189 Fisher family (100%)
65 Car GiantCar dealer West London Dec 06 318.1 3.9 596 Geoffrey Warren (100%)
66 Direct WinesWine merchant Reading Jun 07 317.5 2.7 1,052 Tony Laithwaite and family (100%)
67 Benfield Motor GroupCar dealer Newcastle upon Tyne Dec 07 316.3 3.9 1,121 John Squires and family (100%)
68 IM GroupCar distributor West Midlands Dec 06 315.1 2.2 344 Bob Edmiston (100%)
69 Faccenda InvestmentsPoultry producer Northamptonshire Apr 07 314.2 10.7 2,714 Faccenda family and family trusts (100%)
70 Virgin ActiveHealth club operator Central London Dec 07 313.5 19.2 9,265 Virgin Group, Bridgepoint Capital, Permira, management
71 TelentCommunications support provider Warwick Mar 08 311.0 22.0 2,172 Pension Corporation (100%)
72 PoundlandDiscount retailer West Midlands Mar 07 310.7 4.2 4,540 Advent International (78%), David Dodd (12%), management (10%)
73 ASCOOil and gas services provider Aberdeen Dec 07 †308.8 †14.7 1,083 Phoenix Equity Partners, management
74 Eastern Western Motor GroupCar dealer Edinburgh Dec 06 307.7 5.6 971 Douglas Brown (99%)
75 PHSOffice services provider Caerphilly Mar 08 305.8 88.2 3,905 Charterhouse (80%), management (20%)
76 BurdensBuilding materials distributor Bristol Jun 07 305.5 5.5 1,101 Management and staff (47%), Burdens Foundation (20%), family (33%)
77 Domestic & GeneralWarranty provider Wimbledon Mar 07 304.6 23.6 2,294 Advent International, management
78 RG CarterBuilding contractor Norwich Dec 06 303.2 11.1 2,213 Robert Carter and family (100%)
79 Ideal StelradRadiator and boiler maker Newcastle Dec 07 301.9 21.9 2,355 Warburg Pincus (77.5%), management (22.5%)
80 Helston GaragesCar dealer Cornwall Dec 06 300.9 7.2 760 David and Betty Carr (100%)
81 Ardmore ConstructionBuilder North London Sep 07 299.0 5.5 278 Cormac Byrne (50%), Patrick Byrne (50%)
82 R&R Ice CreamIce cream manufacturer North Yorkshire Dec 07 298.7 0.6 1,835 Oaktree Capital, management
83 MotorpointCar supermarket Derby Mar 07 298.3 2.0 276 David Shelton (49%), Gary Warren (49%), Paul Winfield (2%)
84 Waymade HealthcarePharmaceuticals maker Essex Dec 07 297.3 27.3 704 Patel family
85 Portman TravelTravel services provider Southwest London Dec 07 296.8 4.7 558 Vision Capital (75%), management (25%)
86 Fresca GroupFresh produce wholesaler Kent Apr 08 296.6 9.0 885 Mack family and management
87 RixShipping, oil distributor Hull Dec 07 294.3 2.1 529 John Rix & family (100%)
88 Sunseeker InternationalYacht builder Poole Jul 08 293.4 13.7 2,230 Bank of Scotland Corporate (20%), R Braithwaite (55%), management (25%)
89 Anglian GroupHome products supplier Norwich Apr 07 292.2 8.2 3,146 Consortium led by Barclays (95%), management (5%)
90 RidgewayCar dealer Newbury Dec 07 291.5 7.4 733 David Newman (90%), John O'Hanlon (10%)
91 TIS GroupEndowment policy reseller Edgware Jul 07 290.7 15.2 105 Promethean (51%), previous management (29%), management (20%)
92 Tennants ConsolidatedChemicals supplier Central London Dec 07 290.4 13.2 797 Alexander family
93 Brogan HoldingsFuel distributor Strathclyde May 08 289.2 3.4 254 Brogan family (100%)
94 The Mawdsley GroupPharmaceuticals wholesaler Manchester Mar 07 288.0 3.4 550 Westall family and trusts (26%), Dr John Mawdsley (26%)
95 Park’s Motor GroupCar dealer Lanarkshire Mar 07 285.9 6.7 1,163 Douglas Park and family (100%)
96 The Grass Roots GroupBusiness services provider Hertfordshire Jun 08 284.3 7.9 914 WPP (45%), David Evans (29%), other management (26%)
97 EmapMedia publisher Central London Mar 08 283.0 70.0 1,500 Apax Partners, Guardian Media Group
98 FenwickDepartment store operator Newcastle Upon Tyne Jan 07 280.3 29.9 2,433 Fenwick family (100%)
99 Berry Bros & RuddWine and spirit merchant Central London Mar 08 279.0 13.1 341 John Rudd and family (41%)
100 The Globespan GroupTravel operator Edinburgh Oct 07 278.7 -19.5 734 Thomas Dalrymple (100%)
101 EdringtonWhisky and rum distiller Glasgow Mar 07 278.5 72.0 811 The Robertson Trust (76%)
102 Burton’s Biscuit CompanyBiscuit and snack maker St Albans Dec 06 278.5 9.9 2,965 Duke Street Capital (80%), management (20%)
103 Andrew Marr InternationalSeafood trader East Yorkshire Mar 07 278.3 5.0 221 Andrew Marr and family, management
104 Wales & West UtilitiesGas distributor Newport Mar 08 277.7 25.6 1,388 Macquarie (49.7%), Canada Pension Plan (19%), others
105 Radius Payment SolutionsFuel card manager Crewe Mar 07 274.4 0.9 103 John Dunning (34%), Nommac Ltd (34%), Bill Holmes (32%)
106 CPL IndustriesSolid fuels supplier Chesterfield Mar 08 274.3 7.7 755 Royal Bank of Scotland (47%), Vision Capital (40%), management (13%)
107 Capper & CoGrocery wholesaler, retailer Glamorgan Apr 08 274.1 6.1 2,306 Capper family (100%)
108 OcadoOnline grocery retailer Hatfield Dec 07 272.9 -31.4 2,582

Other investors (50%), John Lewis Partnership (25%), management (25%)

109 Byrne GroupConcrete frame contractor Southwest London May 07 271.9 8.0 746 Johnny Byrne (50%), Pasty Byrne (50%)
110 Seddon GroupBuilding contractor Cheshire Dec 07 271.6 7.9 1,866 Seddon family (100%)
111 Williams GroupCar dealer Bolton Dec 07 270.2 5.8 571 Williams family (100%)
112 Towergate InsuranceInsurance underwriter and broker Maidstone Dec 07 268.9 38.1 3,299 Management
113 Allen FordCar dealer Warwick Dec 07 267.7 6.8 806 Camden Motor Trustrees (53%), Paul Dunkley (26%), David Hammod (16%)
114 GM CommunicationsTravel services provider Central London Dec 06 267.2 6.3 946 R Nakanishi (29%), Noriaki Mito (32%), Eumitra Holdings (21%)
115 Dick Lovett CompaniesCar dealer Swindon Dec 07 262.5 5.6 485 Peter Lovett and family (100%)
116 Barrett SteelSteel stockholder Bradford Sep 07 261.0 20.7 1,031 Barrett family and management
117 Lotus GroupTour operator South London Oct 07 259.8 10.7 442 Peter Stephens (75%), Christine Burrowes (25%)
118 The John Clark Motor GroupCar dealer Aberdeen Dec 07 258.7 4.0 605 John Clark and family (100%)
119 The Watches of Switzerland GroupJewellery retailer Leicester Feb 08 †256.7 †9.1 1,904 Baugur (38%), management (23%)
120 Ballyvesey HoldingsTransport services provider County Antrim Sep 07 256.0 3.2 1,622 Montgomery family (100%)
121 British SeafoodSeafood wholesaler Central London Dec 07 255.8 22.2 136 M Holyoake
122 NCPCar park operator Croyden Mar 08 †253.1 †19.4 2,511 Macquarie Europe
123 Center ParcsHoliday resort operator Newark Apr 07 †251.6 †10.2 5,654 Blackstone (98%), management (2%)
124 OsborneBuilder, engineering contractor Reigate Mar 07 251.3 2.8 974 Osborne family (90%)
125 Freightliner GroupRail haulage operator Central London Mar 07 †250.4 †19.3 1,699 Arcapita (86.5%), management (13.5%)
126 Orchid PubsPub & restaurant operator Hertfordshire Dec 06 †250.3 †16.9 7,895 GI Partners (100%)
127 ParfettsFood wholesaler Stockport Jun 07 249.7 2.6 563 Parfett family (45%), employees (55%)
128 Innovia GroupFilm manufacturer Cumbria Dec 07 249.0 16.4 1,398 Candover (84%), management (16%)
129 All3MediaTelevision programme maker Central London Aug 07 †249.0 †16.6 1,069 Permira (51%), management (49%)
130 OptionisProfessional services group Warrington Apr 07 249.0 0.8 5,801 Inflexion Private Equity (65%)
131 CJ Lang & SonFood wholesaler, retailer Dundee Apr 07 248.5 5.7 2,071 Joan Scott-Adie (51%), management (48%)
132 Haymarket GroupMagazine publisher West London Dec 07 247.4 17.8 2,087 Lord Heseltine and family, management
133 AllportLogistics operator West London Dec 07 245.6 7.9 1,121 John Clayton (36%), Will Toye (26%)
134 David McLeanBuilding contractor Flintshire Jun 07 245.1 4.4 483 David McLean and family (90%)
135 DC ThomsonNewspaper, comic publisher Dundee Mar 07 244.4 41.6 2,553 Thomson family, others
136 TravelodgeBudget hotel operator Oxfordshire Dec 07 243.8 20.6 2,870 Dubai International Capital (81%), management (19%)
137 Plexus CottonCotton merchant Liverpool Dec 06 242.9 2.7 687 Earlam family, Textil-Imex
138 Daniel ContractorsCivil and utility engineer Warrington Sep 07 242.7 2.5 1,104 C Daniel (50%), G Daniel (50%)
139 Fairview New HomesHousebuilder North London Dec 07 240.3 25.2 544 Management (100%)
140 TJ HughesDepartment store operator Liverpool Jan 08 239.5 2.3 4,093 Silverfleet Capital (85%), management (15%)
141 Wayside GroupCar dealer Milton Keynes Feb 07 237.0 1.4 635 Management (100%)
142 Randall Parker Food GroupMeat distributor Northamptonshire Sep 07 234.6 3.6 738 Ron Randall (67%), W & J Parker Ltd (33%)
143 Airwave SolutionsCritical communications provider Slough Dec 06 †233.5 †24.4 645 Macquarie managed funds (100%)
144 BiwaterWater services provider Surrey Mar 07 232.1 9.3 2,514 Adrian White and family (70%), Leslie Jones and family (30%)
145 Higgins GroupHousebuilder Essex Jul 07 231.0 12.9 484 Higgins family (86%)
146 BoothsSupermarket operator Preston Mar 07 231.0 6.9 2,869 Booth family (100%)
147 ChangeGroupBureaux de change operator Central London Dec 07 230.6 2.4 397 Dr M. Zacky-Marikar (62%), B Zackariya (28%), S Zackariya (10%)
148 AG ThamesFruit importer, transporter Dartford Sep 07 230.5 7.3 480 Leon Aichen (99%), Gwendolyn Aichen (1%)
149 Priory GroupSpecialist healthcare provider Surrey Dec 07 229.0 27.4 5,773 Royal Bank of Scotland, management
150 Vue Entertainment InternationalCinema operator West London Nov 07 228.5 12.3 2,781 Management (53%), Bank of Scotland Corporate & Och-Ziff (47%)
151 RBGEnergy services provider Aberdeen Dec 06 226.6 13.1 2,707 3i (50%), Ashley Group (50%)
152 Halewood Wines and SpiritsAlcoholic drinks maker Liverpool Jun 07 †225.4 †2.9 1,435

John Halewood (90%)

153 CPP GroupConsumer protection insurer York Dec 07 225.2 25.8 1,685 Hamish Ogston (100%)
154 Micheldever GroupTyre distributor and retailer Winchester Mar 08 223.9 6.4 752 Graphite Capital (72%), management (28%)
155 CALA GroupBuilder Edinburgh Jun 07 223.8 19.7 438 Bank of Scotland Corporate (40%), management
156 DewhirstClothing manufacturer East Yorkshire Jan 07 222.7 11.9 13,586 Management (100%)
157 Pret A MangerSandwich shop operator Central London Jan 08 222.5 14.1 3,148

Bridgepoint Capital (52%), Goldman Sachs (13%), S Beecham and J Metcalfe (25%), management (10%)

158 MediaVestAdvertising agency Manchester Feb 07 221.0 5.3 173 Andrew Jeal (29%), David Lucas (29%), Starcom MediaVest (20%)
159 HarwoodsCar dealer West Sussex Dec 07 219.8 5.7 503 Guy Harwood and family (100%)
160 City Refrigeration HoldingsFacilities maintenance provider Glasgow Dec 06 218.6 2.0 7,967 Williie and Susan Haughey (98%)
161 InspicioTesting services provider Central London Dec 07 218.1 13.4 6,502 3i (> 90%)
162 Chapman FreebornAir charter broker Gatwick Dec 06 217.5 2.7 319 Christopher Chapman (70%), Carol Norman (25%)
163 G’sSalad and vegetable grower Cambridgeshire May 07 †217.3 †1.0 3,356 Shropshire family (100%)
164 NES Global TalentEngineering recruitment consultancy Altrincham Oct 07 217.1 8.0 272 Graphite Capital (68%), N Tregarthen (10%), management and staff (22%)
165 Clancy DocwraContractor and developer Uxbridge Mar 07 216.1 0.5 1,819 Clancy family (100%)
166 TC HarrisonCar dealer Derbyshire Dec 07 215.8 5.6 661 Harrison family (100%)
167 JM GroupCar dealer Edinburgh Dec 06 215.7 2.0 789 John Martin and family (100%)
168 Rullion GroupRecruitment consultancy Cheshire Dec 06 215.6 3.6 1,547 Saoulli family
169 Borders (UK)Book retailer Central London Feb 07 215.0 -9.5 2,185 Risk Capital Partners, Borders Inc
170 ApolloProperty services provider Essex Mar 07 †214.6 †24.4 627 Management and staff (79.5%) Bank of Scotland Corporate (20.5%)
171 Alexander DennisBus and coach manufacturer Falkirk Dec 07 †213.3 †9.0 1,945 Highland & Universal (40%), Charlotte Ventures (29%), Noble Grossart (29%)
172 Carey GroupBuilder Wembley Mar 08 213.2 11.6 645 John Carey (40%), Patrick Carey (30%), Thomas Carey (30%)
173 Luxfer GroupEnvironmental & healthcare manufacturer Manchester Dec 07 212.7 17.6 1,752 Avenue, Longacre, management
174 Ebuyer.comOnline electronics retailer East Yorkshire Sep 07 212.5 2.1 228 VIDA Capital Partners, management
175 BGL GroupInsurance intermediary Peterborough Jun 07 212.0 36.5 1,819 Family trusts (92.5%), management (7.5%)
176 Vindis GroupCar dealer Cambridgeshire Dec 07 211.6 4.8 631 Gary Vindis (50%), Nigel Vindis (50%)
177 Charles WellsBrewer Bedford Sep 07 210.9 8.7 664 Wells family and other investors
178 Midas GroupBuilder Bristol Apr 08 210.1 4.4 550 Stephen Hindley (60%), Michael Hocking (31%), Alan Hope (5%), Bob Smith (4%)
179 Manchester UnitedFootball club operator Manchester Jun 07 210.1 7.1 449 Malcolm Glazer (100%)
180 GK GroupCar dealer Chesterfield Dec 07 209.3 2.2 726 David & George Kenning & family (83%)
181 Pertemps Network GroupRecruitment consultancy Warwickshire Dec 07 209.0 4.4 598 Tim Watts and family (63%), staff and management (37%)
182 Petrochem CarlessPetrochemical refiner, distributor Leatherhead Dec 06 207.3 6.5 179 Management (100%)
183 Hendy GroupCar dealer Southampton Dec 07 207.2 4.7 871 Hendy family (82%)
184 McLaughlin & HarveyBuilding, engineering contractor County Antrim Dec 07 207.1 6.3 401 Kenneth Cheevers (100%)
185 Sigma PharmaceuticalsPharmaceutical distributor Watford Aug 07 207.0 3.8 207

Bharat Shah and family (66%), Orion Trust (33%)

186 LiberataBusiness services outsourcer Central London Aug 07 206.7 6.9 3,449 General Atlantic Partners
187 McLaren GroupRacing team and sports car maker Surrey Dec 06 206.6 -2.2 1,290 Daimler (40%), Kingdom of Bahrain (30%), TAG Group (15%), R Dennis (15%)
188 ArcoSafety equipment supplier Hull Jun 07 206.0 1.0 1,552 Stephen and Tom Martin (79%)
189 2e2IT services provider Newbury Dec 07 203.2 14.5 1,344 Duke Street Capital (69%), management and staff (31%)
190 Moody InternationalTechnical services provider West Sussex Dec 07 †200.8 †14.0 4,205 Investcorp (75%), management (25%)
191 Arsenal HoldingsFootball club operator North London May 07 200.3 41.6 374 Danny Fiszman (24%), Red and White Securities (24%), others
192 Meadow FoodsDairy product producer Chester Mar 07 200.0 0.6 261 Simon Chantler (37%), David Pickering (17%), N Oldmeadow (14%)
193 David Lloyd LeisureHealth club operator Hatfield Mar 07 198.0 38.6 2,895 London & Regional, Bank of Scotland Corporate
194 Donnelly GroupCar dealer County Tyrone May 07 196.9 4.3 412 Terence Donnelly (85%), Raymond Donnelly (15%)
195 BulkhaulSpecialist chemical logistics Middlesbrough Dec 06 196.3 16.6 602 Stephen Gibson (75%), Michael O'Neill (25%)
196 Epwin GroupBuilding product supplier Cheltenham Dec 07 196.2 8.4 2,197 Jim Rawson (65%), Regent Trust (33%)
197 DanoptraGaming, leisure operator Leeds Sep 07 195.3 10.0 3,875 Consortium led by Credit Suisse Group, management
198 TravelsphereTour operator Leicestershire Nov 06 †195.2 †11.9 421 Cognetas, Hutton Collins, management
199 Thomas ValeBuilding, engineering contractor Worcestershire Mar 08 195.1 3.0 731 3i (45%), management (55%)
200 Lamex Food GroupFood importer and exporter Hertfordshire Mar 07 †194.9 †5.2 85 Phillip Wallace (17%), Steve Anderson (17%), C Dicker (12%)
201 ActeonSubsea services provider Norwich Dec 07 194.7 37.1 1,041 First Reserve (52%), management (48%)
202 Morris GroupHousebuilder Cheshire Mar 07 194.5 40.0 386 Management (63%), Quayle Munro (23%), Royal Bank of Scotland (14%)
203 GraffJeweller Central London Dec 06 194.5 36.2 192 Laurence Graff (97%), Anne-Marie Graff (3%)
204 Samuel Cooke GroupFuel, energy distributor Lancashire Dec 06 193.9 0.5 122 Frank Carroll (76%), Carroll Trust (19%), pension scheme (5%)
205 RobertsonConstruction services provider Stirling Nov 06 193.8 11.3 826 Robertson family (100%)
206 The Turner GroupEngineering services provider Glasgow Mar 07 191.8 15.4 2,537 Turner family (98.5%)
207 Snax 24Fuel forecourt operator Hertfordshire Sep 07 191.7 0.9 341 Ronson family trusts (100%)
208 Cleveland Cable CompanyElectrical cable distributor Middlesbrough Apr 07 191.7 36.9 394 Alastair Powell (67.5%), Michael Powell (32.5%)
209 The Swift GroupCaravan and motorhome manufacturer East Yorkshire Aug 07 191.3 11.3 954 Peter Smith and family (92.1%), Keith Brayshaw (7%), management (0.9%)
210 Malcolm GroupLogistics and construction services Linwood, nr Glasgow Jan 07 191.3 9.0 1,994 Bank of Scotland Corporate, Malcolm family
211 ArchantNewspaper, magazine publisher Norwich Dec 06 191.0 20.8 2,510 Colman and Copeman families, staff and former staff
212 Patton GroupBuilder and contractor Northern Ireland Nov 07 190.5 7.5 530 Neil Patton and family (100%)
213 Ogilvie GroupVehicle lessor Stirling Jun 07 190.3 5.4 499 Ogilvie family (100%)
214 Retail DecisionsPayment services provider Woking Dec 07 †190.0 †12.4 257 Palamon Capital Partners (83%), management (17%)
215 Cory EnvironmentalWaste management provider Central London Dec 07 189.1 31.3 1,290 AAC Capital Partners (33%), Finpro SGPS (33%), Capital Riesgo Global (25%)
216 Drayton GroupCar dealer West Midlands Dec 07 188.7 4.5 430 Guest family (82%), Ken and Jane Forbes (18%)
217 Simons GroupBuilding contractor Lincoln Mar 08 188.1 7.0 473 Paul and Philip Hodgkinson and family (96%)
218 HeadcrownBuilding contractor Central London Sep 07 187.6 10.7 595 Carl Brian and family (100%)
219 Chelsea Football ClubFootball club Southwest London Jun 07 187.5 -15.5 576 Roman Abramovich (100%)
220 Corbett BookmakersBookmaker Flintshire Mar 07 186.9 1.1 323 Corbett family trust (83%), Maureen McKeon (17%)
221 Drive Motor RetailCar dealer Leicester Dec 07 185.3 4.8 675 Steve Bessex (49.5%), Paul Manning (49.5%)
222 PDM GroupMeat processor / energy Doncaster Apr 07 183.9 11.5 931 Anthony De Mulder and family (100%)
223 OfficeTeamOffice supplies distributor Croydon Dec 07 182.9 12.2 1,205 AAC Capital Partners (51%), Hermes Private Equity (8%), management (41%)
224 Robinsons Motor GroupCar dealer Norwich Dec 07 182.4 5.3 511 Robinson family
225 BetfairOnline bookmaker West London Apr 07 181.9 20.1 906 Softbank (23%), co-founders (23%)
226 The Emerson GroupBuilder, property developer Cheshire Apr 08 180.0 72.7 908 Peter Emerson Jones and family trusts
227 Maplin ElectronicsElectronic equipment retailer Rotherham Dec 07 179.8 12.0 1,552 Montagu Private Equity (70%), management (30%)
228 Foyle Food GroupMeat processor Londonderry Dec 06 179.7 3.6 676 Watson family (50%), Acheson family (50%)
229 ShearingsCoach holiday operator Wigan Dec 07 179.5 2.3 2,733 3i, management
230 Cromwell GroupIndustrial equipment supplier Leicester Aug 07 178.9 14.2 1,605 Michael Gregory (100%)
231 Mabey HoldingsBridges, steel, plant hirer Reading Sep 07 177.3 37.0 1,172 Mabey family (99%)
232 VIP Computer CentreIT component distributor Warrington Jun 07 177.0 3.5 139 Sahni family (100%)
233 The Denholm GroupShipping and oilfield services provider Glasgow Dec 06 176.4 2.4 2,321 Denholm and Brown families
234 BizzEnergyElectricity supplier Worcester Sep 07 175.2 2.3 146 Atlas Ventures, Old Mutual, management
235 FircroftTechnical Recruitment Specialist Warrington Aug 07 174.8 3.8 182 Johnson family and management
236 Gilder GroupCar dealer Sheffield Dec 06 173.2 3.1 486 Garry Scotting
237 Sinclair GroupCar dealer Port Talbot Jan 08 172.8 4.4 562 Gerald Sinclair and family (100%)
238 Colorama PharmaceuticalsPharmaceuticals wholesaler West London Mar 07 171.0 1.0 247 Naresh Patel and family (50%), Arun Patel and family (50%)
239 BNB Recruitment SolutionsRecruitment services provider Central London Dec 07 170.7 -1.7 1,033 Roderick MacLeod (29%), Martin Pestalozzi (28%), Julian Treger (17%)
240 The Best ConnectionRecruitment consultancy Birmingham Nov 07 170.7 3.3 593 Management (100%)
241 McNicholasInfrastructure service provider Elstree, Herts Mar 07 169.9 3.3 1,484 McNicholas family (92%)
242 CF BoothMetal recycler Rotherham Mar 07 169.7 8.4 323 Booth family (100%)
243 Westover GroupCar dealer Bournemouth Dec 07 169.1 3.5 508 Peter Wood (95%), Christopher Atkins (5%)
244 Rydon GroupBuilding contractor East Sussex Sep 07 168.8 17.7 563 Bank of Scotland Corporate (30%), management (70%)
245 Claverley CompanyPublisher, printer Wolverhampton Dec 07 168.5 4.4 2,301 Douglas Graham and family
246 DoyleConstruction contractor Hertfordshire Dec 07 168.0 2.4 493 Management
247 M&CoClothing and homeware retailer Inchinnan, near Glasgow Feb 07 167.8 12.7 3,208 McGeoch family (90%)
248 SandicliffeCar and van dealer Nottingham Dec 07 167.5 2.8 720 Woodhouse family (50%), Barton family (50%)
249 DreamsBed retailer High Wycombe Dec 07 166.8 12.2 1,303 Exponent Private Equity, management
250 Harvey NicholsDepartment store operator Central London Mar 07 166.8 16.9 2,141 Dickson Poon (100%)

* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda