Formed by the merger in 2011 of two sightseeing businesses in London and Paris, this London firm was acquired by private equity firm Exponent in 2015. It now provides open-top bus tours in 21 cities across four continents, with growth in new markets such as Australia helping sales increase 32% to £154m in 2017, with profits up 80% to £14.5m. It is led by chief executive Alex Payne, 50.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank197
CompanyBig Bus Tours
ActivityBus tour operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m154
Operating profit £m14.5
Main shareholders

Exponent, Merlin Entertainment

Staff1,830
Founded1991
Websitewww.bigbus.co.uk

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