Alexander Dennis

This Falkirk firm makes fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly buses used all over the world – including by 3.5m people a day in London. Last year, the company secured £40m-worth of orders for its latest hybrid vehicles, developed with BAE Systems, promising a 40% cut in fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Under chief executive Colin Robertson, 48, sales increased 35% to £481m in 2012, driven by a three-fold increase in international sales to £165m.

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Company details
CompanyAlexander Dennis
ActivityBus and coach manufacturer
Sales £m481.1
Operating profit £m28.5
Main shareholdersBrian Souter (38%), Noble Grossart (35%), Murray Capital Ventures (11%), Ann Gloag (9%), other (7%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda