This Norwich company specialises in providing the oil and gas industry with technology for linking the seabed to the surface. Since leading a secondary buyout in 2006, backed by First Reserve, group chief executive Richard Higham has made six acquisitions including three subsea services firms. Sales reached £194.7m in 2007.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank201
CompanyActeon
ActivitySubsea services provider
LocationNorwich
Sales £m194.7
Operating profit £m37.1
Main shareholdersFirst Reserve (52%), management (48%)
Staff1,041
Founded1989
Websitewww.acteon.com

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