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Established in 1807 to ship goods from Burma and Ceylon, Bibby Line diversified during the downturns of the 1970s and 1980s, and now also has operations in financial services as well as the sale and hire of plant equipment. Firms owned by this Liverpool company have built coronavirus testing centres for the NHS and provided floating accommodation to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore. Stores in its Costcutter supermarket chain remained open in 20 hospitals to feed medics. It is led by chairman Sir Michael Bibby, 56, and chief executive John Cresswell, 59.

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Company details
CompanyBibby Line Group
Sales £m822
Profit £m9
Year endDec 18
Principal shareholdersSir Michael Bibby and family (89%), management and others (11%)

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