Rank Company Location Year end Sales £m Operating proft £m Staff Main shareholders
1 Willmott Dixon GroupConstruction contractor Hertfordshire Dec-08 592.4 10 1,470 Willmott family (60%), Dixon family (20%), management (20%)
2 Spire HealthcarePrivate hospital operator Central London Dec-08 564.1 77.6 6,203 Cinven, management
3 Odeon & UCI Cinemas GroupCinema operator Central London Dec-08 548.1 5.6 8,837 Terra Firma (>99%)
4 Northgate Information SolutionsSoftware and services provider Hertfordshire Apr-08 542.8 49.6 6,968 KKR (80%), management (10%), other institutional investors (10%)
5 Murray InternationalConglomerate Edinburgh Jan-08 542.4 42 3,549 Murray family (81%), Lloyds Banking Group (11%), others (8%)
6 flybeAirline operator Exeter Mar-08 535.9 38.2 3,197 Rosedale Aviation (69%), staff (16%), British Airways (15%)
7 EVO Business SuppliesBusiness supplies distributor Sheffield Dec-08 517.2 18 1,678 Endless LLP and management (71%), banking syndicate (29%)
8 EdwardsIndustrial equipment manufacturer West Sussex Dec-08 509.8 39.7 3,523 CCMP Capital (45.5%), Unitas Capital (45.5%), management (9%)
9 Watson PetroleumFuel distributor Wiltshire Apr-09 500.1 9.4 575 Watson family (100%)
10 CP HoldingsConglomerate Watford Dec-08 499 18.5 8,117 Schreier family trusts (100%)
11 WarburtonsBaker Bolton Sep-08 498.8 23.1 4,809 Warburton family (100%)
12 William Grant & SonsSpirits distiller Banffshire Dec-07 495.7 80 1,123 Grant and Gordon families
13 Vestey GroupFood distributor, farmer Central London Dec-08 491.2 7.7 1,077 Vestey family settlement (100%)
14 Murphy GroupCivil engineering contractor Central London Dec-07 476 55.3 2,646 Murphy family (100%)
15 HalcrowEngineering consultancy West London Dec-08 467.3 26.9 7,309 Halcrow Trust (65%), employees (35%)
16 DunbiaRed meat processor County Tyrone Mar-09 466.3 n/a n/a Jack and James Dobson
17 Harrods GroupDepartment store operator Central London Jan-09 464 44.1 3,245 Mohamed Al-Fayed (100%)
18 GondolaRestaurant operator Central London Jul-08 461.7 47 12,636 Cinven (81%), management (14%)
19 ArqivaCommunications services provider Winchester Jun-08 459.1 95.2 1,447 Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group (48%), consortium of investors (52%)
20 Henderson GroupFood wholesaler and retailer County Antrim Dec-08 455.6 12.4 2,198 Geoffrey Agnew (12%), Martin Agnew (12%), Ardbarron Trust (75%)
21 ASCOOil and gas services provider Aberdeen Dec-08 451.9 17.2 1,494 Phoenix Equity Partners, Indigo Capital, management
22 CountrysideHousebuilder Brentwood Sep-07 449 41.7 811 Lloyds Banking Group (50%), Cherry family (50%)
23 2 Sisters Food GroupFood producer Birmingham Jul-07 448.9 26.4 3,430 Baljinder and Ranjit Boparan (100%)
24 PA Consulting GroupManagement, IT consultancy Central London Dec-08 440.1 44.2 2,709 Employees (98%)
25 BOCM PAULS (Agricola Group)Animal feed manufacturer Ipswich Dec-07 424.4 4 977 Management and staff (91%), Electra Investment Trust (9%)
26 FarmfoodsFrozen food retailer Birmingham Dec-08 423.9 11 2,781 Eric Herd and family (95%), William McCreadie (5%)
27 Stewart MilneHousebuilder Aberdeen Jun-08 420.4 41.8 1,377 Stewart Milne and family (100%)
28 EdringtonWhisky and rum distiller Glasgow Mar-09 419.9 117.1 1,942 The Robertson Trust (76%), employees, former employees (24%)
29 Four Seasons Health CareHealthcare provider Cheshire Dec-07 414.1 6.8 18,853 RBS, Three Delta, management
30 ERMEnvironmental consultancy Central London Mar-09 411.2 20.2 3,594 Bridgepoint (57%), management and employees (43%)
31 Langley HoldingsEngineering equipment maker Nottinghamshire Dec-08 408.3 52.7 2,399 Tony Langley (100%)
32 De Vere GroupHotel operator Central London Dec-07 406.1 41.9 9,684 Bank of Scotland Corporate (50%), management (50%)
33 Argent Group EuropeFood supplier Central London Dec-08 403.9 8.7 922 Cinven (57%), management (20%), others (23%)
34 SHS GroupBrand owner Belfast Dec-07 400.1 27.6 897 Geoff Salters and family (50%), Joe Sloan and family (50%)
35 Radius Payment SolutionsFuel card manager Crewe Mar-09 399.5 1 115 John Dunning (34)%, Nommac Ltd (34%), Bill Holmes (32%)
36 Dhamecha FoodsCash and carry wholesaler Wembley Mar-09 396.7 8.1 371 Dhamecha family (100%)
37 PoundlandDiscount retailer West Midlands Mar-09 396.2 11.8 5,474 Advent International (78%), David Dodd (12%), management (9%)
38 Agnew GroupCar dealer Belfast Dec-07 388.7 12.7 1,035 Agnew family (77%), Roadfield Motors (23%)
39 TJ MorrisDiscount retailer Liverpool Jun-08 383.4 34.3 3,443 Tom Morris and family (100%)
40 Reliance SecuritySecurity services provider Uxbridge Apr-08 381.9 11.1 13,060 Brian Kingham (98.5%)
41 Barchester HealthcareCare home operator Southwest London Dec-08 381.6 24.8 13,276 Grove Investments
42 SelfridgesDepartment store operator Central London Feb-08 378 42.5 2,184 Wittington Investments (78%), Brown Thomas Group (22%)
43 WeetabixBreakfast cereal maker Northamptonshire Dec-07 374.9 74.3 2,306 Lion Capital (100%)
44 All3MediaTelevision programme maker Central London Aug-08 370.2 20 1,754 Permira (51%), management (49%)
45 Lamex Food GroupFood importer and exporter Hertfordshire Mar-08 359.7 6.8 110 Phillip Wallace (22%), Steve Anderson (17%), Colin Dicker (13%), other management (48%)
46 UK Car GroupCar dealer Rochdale Sep-07 359.5 6.2 1,463 Noel and Darren McKee and family (100%)
47 PHSOffice services provider Caerphilly Mar-09 355.6 98.5 4,650 Charterhouse (80%), management (20%)
48 R&R Ice CreamIce cream manufacturer North Yorkshire Dec-08 355 33.4 1,865 Oaktree Capital, management
49 Pets At HomePet products retailer Cheshire Mar-08 354.6 36.5 2,647 Bridgepoint Capital (64%), New York Capital Life (5%), management (31%)
50 Portman TravelTravel services provider Southwest London Dec-08 351.1 3.8 711 Vision Capital (72%), management (28%)
51 Noble FoodsEgg products manufacturer Hertfordshire Sep-07 †350.1 †0.2 1,856 Peter Dean (50%), Michael Kent (50%)
52 Park’s Motor GroupCar dealer Lanarkshire Mar-08 346.7 8.4 1,193 Douglas Park and family (100%)
53 Tennants ConsolidatedChemicals supplier Central London Dec-08 346.7 12.2 846 Alexander family (77%), others (23%)
54 Ballyvesey HoldingsTransport services provider County Antrim Sep-08 345.3 5.3 1,795 Montgomery family (100%)
55 Alexander Mann SolutionsRecruitment consultancy Central London Sep-07 342 0.9 746 Graphite Capital (69%), management (31%)
56 Electricity North WestElectricity supplier Warrington Mar-09 341.8 180.7 83 Commonwealth Bank of Australia, JP Morgan Infrastructure Investments
57 James Hall & CoGrocery wholesaler Preston Mar-08 341.8 10.4 1,909 Hall family (100%)
58 Virgin ActiveHealth club operator Central London Dec-08 341.3 32.7 7,835 Virgin Group, Bridgepoint Capital, Permira, management
59 Car GiantCar dealer West London Dec-07 339.3 3.1 648 Geoffrey Warren (100%)
60 BurdensBuilding materials distributor Bristol Jun-08 335.3 7.6 1,141 Burdens Foundation (48%), founding families (42%), management and staff (10%)
61 OsborneBuilder, engineering contractor Reigate Mar-09 333.7 1 1,108 Osborne family (93%), John Oliver (4%)
62 David Lloyd LeisureHealth club operator Hatfield Dec-08 328.7 49.8 4,069 London & Regional, Lloyds Banking Group
63 RixShipping, oil distributor Hull Dec-08 328.5 4 433 John Rix & family (100%)
64 TalarisCash management provider Basingstoke Mar-09 321.5 38.6 2,246 The Carlyle Group, management
65 OptionisProfessional services group Warrington Apr-08 319.4 2.4 7,089 Inflexion Private Equity (65%), Rob Crossland (25%), other management (10%)
66 Byrne GroupConcrete frame contractor Southwest London May-08 317.3 10.7 817 Johnny Byrne (50%), Patsy Byrne (50%)
67 Helston GaragesCar dealer Cornwall Dec-07 314.7 8.6 795 David and Betty Carr (100%)
68 MotorpointCar supermarket Derby Mar-08 313.9 1.7 316 David Shelton (49%), Gary Warren (49%), Paul Winfield (2%)
69 BiwaterWater services provider Surrey Mar-08 312.7 15.4 3,703 Adrian White and family, Leslie Jones and family
70 TelentCommunications support provider Warwick Mar-08 311 22 2,172 Pension Corporation (100%)
71 Eastern Western Motor GroupCar dealer Edinburgh Dec-07 310.9 5.1 976 Douglas Brown (99%)
72 ChangeGroupBureaux de change operator Central London Dec-08 310.4 4.1 482 Dr Zacky Marikar (50%), Bette Zackariya (26%), Sacha Zackariya (24%)
73 Wales & West UtilitiesGas distributor Newport Mar-09 309.4 55.1 1,376 Macquarie (50%), Canada Pension Plan (20%), AMP Capital (13%), others
74 ActeonSubsea services provider Norwich Dec-08 309.2 51.5 1,595 First Reserve (52%), management (48%)
75 TIS GroupEndowment policy reseller Edgware Jun-08 †308.6 †14.0 106 Promethean (57%), others (43%)
76 Towergate InsuranceInsurance underwriter and broker Maidstone Dec-08 308.6 42.2 3,314 Peter Cullum (66%), other management (34%)
77 Alexander DennisBus and coach manufacturer Falkirk Dec-08 306.3 8.5 2,143 Noble Grossart (29%), Charlotte Ventures (29%), Brian Souter (32%)
78 Barrett SteelSteel stockholder Bradford Sep-08 306 23.8 1,032 Barrett family (56%), management and others (44%)
79 Ideal StelradRadiator and boiler maker Newcastle Dec-07 301.9 21.9 2,355 Banking syndicate (93%), Warburg Pincus (2%), management (5%)
80 Brogan HoldingsFuel distributor Strathclyde May-09 301.6 4.4 261 Brogan family (100%)
81 ApolloProperty services provider Essex Mar-09 301.6 15.6 864 Lloyds Banking Group (20%), management and staff (80%)
82 Cordant GroupManpower services provider West London Jun-08 †301.4 †10.2 18,526 The Ullmann family (100%)
83 Ardmore ConstructionBuilder North London Sep-08 300.3 6.1 258 Cormac Byrne (50%), Patrick Byrne (50%)
84 Sunseeker InternationalYacht builder Poole Jul-08 293.4 13.7 2,230 Lloyds Banking Group (20%), R Braithwaite (55%), management (25%)
85 GraffJeweller Central London Dec-08 293.2 45.3 265 Laurence Graff (100%)
86 InspicioTesting services provider Central London Dec-08 †292.7 †20.0 7,633 3i (>90%)
87 The Mawdsley GroupPharmaceuticals wholesaler Manchester Mar-08 289.9 4.4 681 Westall family and trusts (24%), Dr John Mawdsley (24%), management (28%)
88 TravelodgeBudget hotel operator Oxfordshire Dec-08 289.7 17.9 2,989 Dubai International Capital (80%), management (20%)
89 Retail DecisionsPayment services provider Woking Dec-08 289.2 15.2 302 Palamon Capital Partners (83%), management (17%)
90 Berry Bros & RuddWine and spirit merchant Central London Mar-09 288.8 6 368 John Rudd and family
91 Orion GroupEngineering recruitment consultancy Inverness Dec-08 287.8 10.2 234 Alan Savage and family
92 FenwickDepartment store operator Newcastle Upon Tyne Jan-09 †284.5 †26.6 2,548 Fenwick family (100%)
93 The Grass Roots GroupBusiness services provider Hertfordshire Jun-08 284.3 7.9 914 WPP (45%), David Evans (29%), other management (26%)
94 Capper & CoGrocery wholesaler, retailer Glamorgan Apr-09 283.2 3.6 2,353 Capper family and management (100%)
95 EmapMedia publisher Central London Mar-08 283 70 1,676 Apax Partners, Guardian Media Group
96 Andrew Marr InternationalSeafood trader East Yorkshire Mar-08 280.1 5.5 213 Andrew Marr and family (100%)
97 BGL GroupInsurance intermediary Peterborough Jun-08 279.3 55.7 2,133 Family trusts (93%), management (7%)
98 FircroftTechnical Recruitment Specialist Warrington Aug-08 277.5 5.7 226 Johnson family and management (100%)
99 WSHCatering & restaurant business Reading Dec-08 277.3 7.7 6,549 Mezzanine Management Fund (15%), Fortis (3%), Alastair Storey (22%), other managers (60%)
100 AllportLogistics operator West London Dec-08 272.7 5.9 1,178 John Clayton (35%), Will Toye (27%), management and staff (38%)
101 Metal & Waste RecyclingMetal recycler North London Oct-08 271.7 14.6 419 Barclays Private Equity (60%), Gary Widdowson (21%), management and others (19%)
102 Freightliner GroupRail haulage operator Central London Mar-08 270.9 19.7 1,774 Arcapita (87%), management (13%)
103 Lotus GroupTour operator South London Oct-08 270.8 10.1 458 Peter Stephens (75%), Christine Burrowes (25%)
104 Williams GroupCar dealer Bolton Dec-07 270.2 5.8 571 Margaret Orton Williams (25%), Nicholas Dunning & family (16%), employees (59%)
105 DC ThomsonNewspaper, comic publisher Dundee Mar-08 265.5 54.1 2,544 Thomson family
106 Center ParcsHoliday resort operator Newark Apr-08 263.3 27.3 6,124 Blackstone (98%), management (2%)
107 CPP GroupConsumer protection insurer York Dec-08 259.5 31.7 1,814 Hamish Ogston (100%)
108 Dorchester CollectionLuxury hotel operator Central London Dec-08 259.4 57.2 2,370 Brunei Investment Agency (100%)
109 Micheldever GroupTyre distributor and retailer Winchester Mar-09 259.3 7.5 873 Graphite Capital (72%), management (28%)
110 ParfettsFood wholesaler Stockport Jun-08 259.2 2.6 579 Parfett family (45%), employees (55%)
111 Ogilvie GroupVehicle lessor Stirling Jun-08 258.3 4.8 623 Ogilvie family (100%)
112 Luxfer GroupEnvironmental & healthcare manufacturer Manchester Dec-08 257.7 22.5 1,588 Avenue Capital Group, Longacre Fund Managment, management
113 RBGEnergy services provider Aberdeen Dec-07 256.9 13.8 3,246 3i (50%), Ashley Group (50%)
114 AurumJewellery retailer Leicester Feb-08 †256.7 †9.1 1,904 Landsbanki (65%), Glitnir 29%, management (6%)
115 Manchester UnitedFootball club operator Manchester Jun-08 256.2 1.4 544 Malcolm Glazer (100%)
116 B&M RetailDiscount retailer Liverpool Dec-08 255.9 12.9 3,119 Bobby and Simon Arora
117 British SeafoodSeafood wholesaler Central London Dec-07 255.8 22.2 136 Mark Holyoake
118 Rullion GroupRecruitment consultancy Cheshire Dec-08 255.5 3.7 1,825 Saoulli family
119 CJ Lang & SonFood wholesaler, retailer Dundee Apr-08 255.4 5.7 2,128 Joan Scott-Adie (51%), management (48%)
120 NES Global TalentEngineering recruitment consultancy Altrincham Oct-08 252.8 9.8 344 Graphite Capital (56%), Neil Tregarthen (11%), management and staff (33%)
121 Moody InternationalTechnical services provider West Sussex Dec-08 251.9 30.9 4,796 Investcorp (75%), management (25%)
122 Pret A MangerSandwich shop operator Central London Dec-08 249.6 4.7 3,793

Bridgepoint Capital (53%), Goldman Sachs (14%), founders (20%), management (13%)

123 IngeniousInvestor and adviser Central London Apr-08 249.1 31 137 Patrick McKenna (100%)
124 Innovia GroupFilm manufacturer Cumbria Dec-07 249 16.4 1,398 Candover (84%), management (16%)
125 TragusRestaurant operator Central London May-08 247.8 15.3 7,150 Blackstone (81%), management (19%)
126 Turner & TownsendConstruction consultancy Leeds Apr-09 †247.3 †20.2 2,228 Vincent Clancy, Tom Harrison, Tim Wray and RBC CEES Trustee Ltd
127 Vue Entertainment InternationalCinema operator West London Nov-08 247.3 15.8 2,840 Management (51%), Lloyds Banking Group (30%), Och-Ziff (19%)
128 RybrookCar dealer Warwick Dec-07 246.8 0.1 622 Interamericana Trading Corp (50%), Whale family (50%)
129 Meadow FoodsDairy product producer Chester Mar-09 246.7 4.7 256 Simon Chantler (37%), David Pickering (17%), Norman Oldmeadow (14%)
130 Wyevale Garden CentresGarden centre operator West London Dec-08 244.4 0.2 2,874 Consortium led by Lloyds Banking Group
131 Lissan Coal CompanyEnergy distributor County Tyrone Sep-08 243.9 5.9 80 Loughran family (100%)
132 BoothsSupermarket operator Preston Mar-08 243.6 9.7 3,004 Booth family, staff
133 Randall Parker Food GroupMeat distributor Northamptonshire Sep-08 243.3 3.4 746 Ron Randall & family (67%), W & J Parker Ltd (33%)
134 AG ThamesFruit importer, transporter Dartford Sep-08 243 6 509 Leon Aichen (99%), Gwendolyn Aichen (1%)
135 East London Bus GroupBus operator Ilford Mar-08 †242.6 †32.0 4,318 Macquarie and pension funds managed by Macquarie (100%)
136 McLaren GroupRacing team and sports car maker Surrey Dec-07 242.3 3.4 1,360 Daimler (40%), Bahrain Mumtalakat Holdings Company (30%), TAG Group (15%), R Dennis (15%)
137 Priory GroupSpecialist healthcare provider Surrey Dec-08 242.2 40.7 5,966 RBS, management
138 TJ HughesDepartment store operator Liverpool Jan-08 239.5 2.3 4,093 Silverfleet Capital (85%), management (11.5%), other (3.5%)
139 DewhirstClothing manufacturer East Yorkshire Jan-09 237.9 4.4 12,062 Management (100%)
140 Adelie FoodsFood producer and distributor Middlesex Sep-08 236.6 1.9 3,644 Duke Street, management
141 British Marine plcShip owner Central London Jan-09 234.4 44.2 304 Alan Bekhor (92.5%), Sunil Malhotra (7.5%)
142 BetfairOnline bookmaker West London Apr-08 233.6 28.5 1,141 Softbank (23%), co-founders (24%)
143 Shoe Zone GroupShoe retailer Leicester Dec-08 †233.2 †7.9 6,406 Anthony Smith (47%), Charles Smith (38%), Michael Smith (15%)
144 Alliance MedicalDiagnostic imaging services Warwick Mar-09 231.6 11.6 1,545 Dubai International Capital (63%), Bridgepoint Capital (17%), management (20%)
145 Euro GaragesFuel forecourt operator Blackburn Jul-08 231.5 5.7 501 Issa family (100%)
146 Snax 24Fuel forecourt operator Hertfordshire Sep-08 229 1.5 342 Ronson family (100%)
147 HarwoodsCar dealer West Sussex Dec-08 227.7 3.2 550 Guy Harwood and family (100%)
148 Halewood InternationalAlcoholic drinks maker Liverpool Jun-08 226.7 2.3 1,285 John Halewood and family (100%)
149 Malcolm GroupLogistics and construction services Linwood, nr Glasgow Jan-08 225.3 9.9 2,076 Bank of Scotland Corporate (19%), Malcolm family (78%), others
150 Charles WellsBrewer Bedford Sep-08 225.1 10.5 534 Wells family and other investors
151 ArcoSafety equipment supplier Hull Jun-08 224 7.6 1,505 Martin family (93%)
152 Produce WorldVegetable supplier Peterborough Jun-08 222.7 3.9 1,363 Burgess family (61%)
153 Arsenal HoldingsFootball club operator North London May-08 222.5 26.7 379 Stan Kroenke (29%), Alisher Usmanov (25%), Danny Fiszman (16%), others (30%)
154 City Refrigeration HoldingsFacilities maintenance provider Glasgow Dec-07 222 2.3 8,218 Willie, Susan and Kenny Haughey (100%)
155 Chapman FreebornAir charter broker Gatwick Dec-07 221.1 4.1 326 Russi Batliwala (40%), Shahe Ouzounian (23%), C Chapman (22%), C Norman (8%), P Joarder (7%)
156 Petrochem CarlessPetrochemical refiner, distributor Leatherhead Dec-07 219.1 9.7 174 Management (100%)
157 Cleveland Cable CompanyElectrical cable distributor Middlesbrough Apr-08 217 26.1 412 Alastair Powell (68%), Michael Powell (32%)
158 TC HarrisonCar dealer Derbyshire Dec-08 216.6 4.9 665 Harrison family (89%)
159 Thomas ValeBuilding, engineering contractor Worcestershire Mar-09 216.2 2.1 808 3i (45%), management (55%)
160 GRAHAMConstruction contractor County Down Mar-08 216.1 0.9 778 Michael Graham (29%), Colin Graham (27%), Robin Graham (26%), Alan Bill (9%), Andrew Bill (9%)
161 Foyle Food GroupMeat processor Londonderry Dec-08 †215.9 †2.8 786 Watson family (50%), Acheson family (50%)
162 The Turner GroupEngineering services provider Glasgow Mar-08 214.4 13.6 2,480 Turner family (100%)
163 Edward Billington & SonFood manufacturer Liverpool Aug-08 214 9.3 598 Billington family (100%)
164 Carey GroupBuilder Wembley Mar-08 213.2 11.6 645 John Carey (40%), Patrick Carey (30%), Thomas Carey (30%)
165 Gilder GroupCar dealer Sheffield Dec-07 213 3.6 486 Garry Scotting (100%)
166 Ebuyer.comOnline electronics retailer East Yorkshire Sep-07 212.5 2.1 228 VIDA Capital Partners (100%)
167 Colorama PharmaceuticalsPharmaceuticals wholesaler West London Mar-08 212.2 1.5 310 Omega Investments (50%), Eurofoto Holdings (50%)
168 ED & F ManCommodities and logistics manager Central London Oct-08 211.4 74.4 4,946 Employees (100%)
169 The Swift GroupCaravan and motorhome manufacturer East Yorkshire Aug-08 211.2 4.5 1,133 Peter Smith and family (92%), Keith Brayshaw (7%), other management
170 RG GroupConstruction project manager Kent Dec-07 210.1 2.7 158 John Chadwick (26%), Jon Noble (25%), Mike Steel (25%), other management (24%)
171 Pertemps Network GroupRecruitment consultancy Warwickshire Dec-07 209 4.4 598 Tim Watts and family (63%), management and staff (37%)
172 Optical ExpressOptical retailer Cumbernauld, Glasgow Dec-08 207.2 14.5 2,682 David Moulsdale (100%)
173 LPC GroupPaper products maker Leicester Sep-08 207.2 3.4 1,200 Tejani family (67%), Dharamshi family (16%)
174 Princess Yachts InternationalMotor yacht builder Plymouth Dec-08 206.6 24 1,918 L Capital (77%), management and others (23%)
175 2.00E+02IT services provider Newbury Dec-08 204.9 15.7 1,323 Duke Street Capital (42%), Lloyds Banking Group (11%), management and staff (47%)
176 Maplin ElectronicsElectronic equipment retailer Rotherham Dec-08 203.6 20.4 1,789 Montagu Private Equity (66%), management (34%)
177 Napp Pharmaceutical HoldingsPharmaceuticals maker Cambridge Dec-08 202.9 24.4 843 Family trusts (50%), Pacific Moon Corp (50%)
178 P. C. HarringtonConstruction contractor West London May-08 202 13.2 700 Pat Harrington (99%)
179 Drive Motor RetailCar dealer Leicester Dec-08 201.9 3.6 685 Steve Bessex (50%), Paul Manning (50%)
180 Cory EnvironmentalWaste management provider Central London Dec-08 201.5 5.3 1,115 AAC Capital Partners (33%), Finpro SGPS (33%), Capital Riesgo Global (25%), Santander Infra (8%)
181 Swift Worldwide ResourcesRecruitment consultancy Enfield Dec-08 199.8 8 206 Gresham Private Equity, management
182 BulkhaulSpecialist chemical logistics Middlesbrough Dec-07 198.8 22.1 631 Stephen Gibson (75%), Michael O'Neill (25%)
183 HESCO BastionDefence barrier maker Leeds Jan-08 196.5 25.3 308 James Heselden (100%)
184 Cromwell GroupIndustrial equipment supplier Leicester Aug-08 196.4 15.9 1,661 Michael Gregory (100%)
185 Nicholl Fuel OilsFuel distributor Londonderry May-08 195.9 1.8 82 Hugh and Elizabeth Nicholl (100%)
186 Highland FuelsFuel distributor Inverness Dec-08 194.6 1.9 135 SBI Holdings (50%), George Shand (31%), management and others
187 DreamsBed retailer High Wycombe Dec-08 194.4 13.5 1,492 Exponent Private Equity, management
188 Brookfield RoseTemporary workforce manager Cheshire Nov-07 191.5 0.2 45 Matthew Sanders and Michael Campbell (98%)
189 Norland Managed ServicesFacilities maintenance provider Central London Apr-09 190.5 5.7 1,674 Brian Kingham (100%)
190 Patton GroupBuilder and contractor Northern Ireland Nov-07 190.5 7.5 530 Family
191 OfficeTeamOffice supplies distributor Croydon Dec-08 189.2 5.4 1,232 AAC Capital Partners (56%), Hermes Private Equity (10%), management (34%)
192 Lloyd MotorsCar dealer Carlisle Dec-07 188.6 5.1 505 John & Bryan Lloyd (100%)
193 Cambria AutomobilesCar dealer Swindon Aug-08 187.9 2.6 748 Mark Lavery (50%), Promethean Investments (50%)
194 Nando’sRestaurant operator Southwest London Feb-08 186.6 17.5 4,780 Lavigne investments
195 Dunn BrosMetal recycler West Midlands Sep-08 185.5 1.5 141 Alan Dunn and family (100%)
196 James WalkerTimber merchant West Lothian Mar-08 184.6 11.9 743 Walker family (70%), John Campbell (24%), employees (6%)
197 ShearingsCoach holiday operator Wigan Dec-08 183.7 2.7 2,940 3i (70%), management (30%)
198 BCA HoldingsVehicle auctioneer Surrey Dec-07 †183.4 †40.6 2,141 Montagu Private Equity, management
199 Britax ChildcareChild car seat maker Surrey Dec-08 183.3 10.5 1,013 Carlyle Group (85%), management (15%)
200 William Hare GroupStructural steel engineer Bury Dec-07 181.6 10 1,406 Hodgkiss family (78%)
201 Everest Home ImprovementsHome improvement supplier Hertfordshire Oct-08 †180.8 †11.7 984 Hutton Collins (25%), Brian Kennedy (43%), management (25%)
202 BullockSocial housing contractor Walsall Sep-08 180.7 6.1 598 Management (100%)
203 Bartle Bogle HegartyAdvertising agent Central London Dec-07 180.5 10 720 Management and employees (51%), The Publicis Groupe (49%)
204 Turners (Soham)Distribution and warehousing provider Newmarket Dec-07 180.4 18.6 1,651 Paul Day (50%), Winifred Day (33%), Franklin Turner (17%)
205 Greenvale APPotato grower Cambridgeshire Jun-08 180.3 3.8 881 Credential Produce (54%), Produce Acquisitions (20%), management (18%)
206 IntegralProperty maintenance provider Bristol Dec-08 180 7.2 2,740 Bryan Glastonbury (78%), management (22%)
207 Durkan GroupContractor and developer Hertfordshire Jan-09 179.2 9.8 211 Durkan family (100%)
208 Furniture VillageFurniture retailer Slough Mar-08 178.7 7.3 745 Peter Harrison (64%), Ed Duggan (10%), Eamon Wynne (10%), other management (16%)
209 Harvey NicholsDepartment store operator Central London Mar-08 177.1 18.7 2,109 Dickson Poon (100%)
210 MON Motors GroupCar dealer Cwmbran Dec-07 176.6 0.7 465 Cleverly family (100%)
211 Lloyds (Animal) FeedsAnimal feed manufacturer Oswestry Mar-08 176.2 9.3 529 Lloyd family (100%)
212 The RangeDiscount retailer Plymouth Jan-09 174.7 10.9 2,291 Chris Dawson and family (85%), John Smyly (15%)
213 S NortonMetal recycler Liverpool Dec-07 173.6 18.5 117 Harry family (100%)
214 DX GroupParcel and freight courier Buckinghamshire Jun-08 173.6 17 1,687 Candover (79%), management (21%)
215 MidwichAudio-visual equipment supplier Norfolk Dec-08 173.2 4.6 211 Nick Culley (44%), Stephen Fenby (28%), Alex Ward (11%), Darren Lewitt (11%), employees (6%)
216 Sinclair GroupCar dealer Port Talbot Jan-08 172.8 4.4 562 Gerald Sinclair and family (100%)
217 WCFRetailer and distributor Cumbria May-08 172.7 3 297 Employees and others
218 South East WaterWater utility Kent Mar-09 172.6 80.6 640 Utilities Trust of Australia (59%), Hastings Funds Management (41%)
219 BrightHouseHousehold goods retailer Watford Mar-09 170.6 23.9 1,596 Vision Capital (87%), management (13%)
220 Rydon GroupBuilding contractor East Sussex Sep-08 170.4 9 591 Lloyds Banking Group (33%), management (65%)
221 BodenClothing retailer Northwest London Dec-08 168.1 24.5 762 Johnnie Boden (60%), Julian Granville (8%), staff and other investors (32%)
222 Beadles GroupCar dealer Kent Mar-08 167.7 2.7 456 Paul Boast (49%), Peter Liddle (49%), Richard Johnson (2%)
223 SandicliffeCar and van dealer Nottingham Dec-07 167.5 2.8 720 Woodhouse family (50%), Barton family (50%)
224 JerroldSpecialist lender Manchester Jun-08 166 68.4 338 Barclays Private Equity (25%), Standard Life (5%), Moser Family Trust (58%), management (12%)
225 Partnerships in CareMental healthcare provider Borehamwood, Herts Dec-08 164.1 33.2 2,868 Cinven (91%), management (9%)
226 Stoneacre Motor GroupCar dealer Doncaster Apr-08 163.6 6.7 809 Richard and Christine Teatum (99%)
227 Meyer Timber GroupWood panel distributor Stoke-on-Trent Mar-08 163.3 6.4 484 Alchemy (81%), management (19%)
228 The Little GroupBook, film and music wholesaler Eastbourne Feb-08 162.5 6.3 919 Yvette Stafford (30%), Jonathan Little (30%), Andrew Little (30%), Alan & Jean Little (10%)
229 Park ResortsCaravan park operator Hemel Hempstead Mar-08 162.1 17.8 1,523 GI Partners, management and others
230 FilshillFood wholesaler Glasgow Jan-08 161.8 2.1 259 Ronald Hannah & family (93%), Fraser Harrison (7%)
231 VisageClothing importer South Shields Jan-08 160.1 17.9 529 Lloyds Banking Group (15%), Raj Sehgal and Sanjeev Mehan (83%), Jeremy Scholes (2%)
232 SafetykleenParts cleaning services Surrey Dec-08 †159.9 †20.1 1,484 Warburg Pincus, management
233 Deloro StelliteAlloy component maker Bicester Dec-07 158.9 11.4 1,562 Duke Street Capital (75%), management (25%)
234 Whittan Storage SystemsStorage equipment manufacturer Telford Mar-08 157.8 10.2 967 Stirling Square Capital Partners (78%), management (22%)
235 Barhale ConstructionCivil engineering contractor Walsall Dec-08 157.7 3.3 958 Dennis Curran (85%), other directors (15%)
236 Stannah LiftsStairlift maker Andover Dec-07 157.6 8.6 1,642 Alan Stannah and family (100%)
237 John Thompson & SonsAnimal feed manufacturer Belfast Jul-08 157.5 4.1 173 Origin Enterprises (50%), W&R Barnett (50%)
238 Card FactoryGreeting card retailer Wakefield Jan-08 †157.1 †27.3 3,813 Management (87%), LDC (13%)
239 FiveTen GroupRecruitment agency Central London Jun-08 156.9 3.4 510 Englefield Capital (80%), management (20%)
240 NSLTraffic services provider West London Dec-08 156.6 0.5 4,487 3i (68%), Lloyds Banking Group (4%), Merrill Lynch (2%), management and staff (26%)
241 Danwood GroupOffice equipment supplier Lincoln Sep-08 156 10.9 1,230 Englefield Capital (30%), management (70%)
242 Brilliant MediaMedia consultancy Leeds Mar-08 156 1.5 84 Steve Lane (11%), other management (89%)
243 Day’s Motor GroupCar dealer Swansea Dec-08 155.5 6.6 490 Graham Day (34%), Jillian Day (34%), Geoffrey Day Settlement (32%)
244 Medina DairyDairy product producer Windsor Nov-08 154 1.6 489 Sheazad Hussain (70%), Mohammed Azam (30%)
245 Foster + PartnersArchitectural consultancy Southwest London Apr-09 153.9 29.5 1,226 3i (40%), management (60%)
246 Park Garage GroupFuel forecourt operator Croydon Jun-08 153.5 0.7 574 Balraj and Sunil Tandon (100%)
247 Clipper Logistics GroupWarehousing and distribution Leeds Apr-08 153.4 6.7 1,982 Steven Parkin (65%), Sean Fahey (17%), Michael Badrock (15%), David Hodkin (3%)
248 Tullis RussellPaper maker Fife Mar-09 153.3 2.8 732 Employees (100%)
249 Towers ThompsonFood distributor Hertfordshire Dec-07 153.3 3.5 151 Alan Thompson (30%), Terry Goddard (21%), Dennis Clark (16%), management
250 DawsongroupAsset rental operator Milton Keynes Dec-08 153.2 38.5 620 Peter Dawson & family (100%)

* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda