Founded in 1973 from the non-mining operations of British Coal, CPL was privatised in 1995 and has grown to become one of Europe’s leading makers of smokeless fuel products including e-coal, which has a 50% biomass content. The Chesterfield company completed a buyout earlier this year, led by chief executive Timothy Minett, 53, and backed by Vision Capital, which increased its stake in the business.

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Company details
Year2013
Rank232
CompanyCPL Industries
ActivitySolid fuels supplier
LocationChesterfield
Sales £m141.6
Operating profit £m14.9
Main shareholdersVision Capital (78%), current and former management (22%)
Staff470
Founded1995
Websitewww.cplindustries.co.uk

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