Family-owned for 211 years, this Liverpool conglomerate was originally a ship operator, but has diversified into areas such as retail, distribution, financial services and marine services. Group sales fell 17% to £1.2bn in 2016 as Bibby’s offshore business faced challenging conditions following a drop in oil and gas activity in the North Sea. In February, managing director Sir Michael Bibby, 54, was elected president of the UK Chamber of Shipping, and in June he stepped back from Bibby, with new chief executive John Cresswell, 57, taking over.
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