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During lockdown, staff at this Merseyside company worked from home where possible. It is run by David Knight, 64, a fourth-generation member of the family that founded the firm in 1881. Activities include port-side weighing and sampling of metals, analysis for mining companies, and dispute arbitration. In May last year it acquired Rotherham-based Waste Research. The business operates in more than 35 countries and sales reached £113.5m in 2018.

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Company details
CompanyAlfred H Knight
ActivityCommodity assayer
Sales £m113.5
Operating profit £m10
Main shareholdersDavid Knight (52%), Richard Knight (40%), Gillian Gillett (8%)

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