This firm owns, operates and maintains the electricity network in northwest England, supplying power to 2.4m buildings through 57,000km of cables. Under chief executive Steve Johnson, 53, the Warrington firm plans to invest £1.4bn by 2015, half on replacing old cables and generating equipment.

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Company details
CompanyElectricity North West
ActivityElectricity supplier
Sales £m508.0
Operating profit £m280.4
Main shareholdersCommonwealth Bank of Australia, JP Morgan Infrastructure Investments

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