This company has stocks of up to 80,000 tonnes of steel at any given time, stored in 25 locations across Britain. It has also invested heavily in plants for processing and finishing steel. Led by managing director James Barrett, the Bradford company’s sales reached £306m in 2008, though the downturn has forced it to restructure its branches.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank78
CompanyBarrett Steel
ActivitySteel stockholder
LocationBradford
Sales £m306
Operating profit £m23.8
Main shareholdersBarrett family (56%), management and others (44%)
Staff1,032
Founded1866
Websitewww.barrettsteel.com

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