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This Bristol business provides critical infrastructure services and has operated with enhanced safety procedures to protect staff in the pandemic. It supplies the refrigerants used to air-condition buildings and chill food, operates in 12 countries and made sales of £247.4m in 2019. Acquisitions have boosted growth — particularly the purchase of German firm Arthur Friedrichs Kältemittel in 2018. Chief executive Andrew Ambrose, 58, heads the group, which is majority-owned by private equity firm KKR.

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Company details
ActivityChemicals and gases distributor
Sales £m247.4*
Operating profit £m8.8*
Main shareholdersKKR and LDC (78%), management (22%)

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* supplied by company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda