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Bulkhaul transports a range of liquids, powders and gases around the world. Chairman Steve Gibson, 60, co-founded the Middlesbrough firm in 1981 at the age of 22 with a £1,000 loan from his father. It also owns Middlesbrough football club and Rockliffe Hall, a luxury golf resort and spa. Middlesbrough’s Premier League status in 2016-17 accounts for the 56% rise in turnover to £314.5m and fourfold jump in profits to £37.8m, although the club was relegated.

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Company details
ActivitySpecialist chemical logistics
Sales £m314.5
Operating profit £m37.8
Main shareholdersStephen Gibson (75%), Michael O'Neill (25%)

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