This recruiter specialises in the engineering and natural resource sectors and has operations in more than 60 countries, from Azerbaijan to Thailand. Equistone backed a £140m buyout in 2012, led by chief executive Johnathan Johnson, 43, son of the founder John Johnson. The reduction in oil and gas industry activity caused its 2015 sales to drop £100m from the year before, to £832m. It expects new North Sea projects and cost-cutting to reverse this decline in 2018.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank66
CompanyFircroft
ActivityTechnical recruitment consultancy
LocationWarrington
Sales £m832
Profit £m22
Year endAug 15
Principal shareholdersJohnson family and management (66%), Equistone Partners (34%)
Staff640
Founded1970
Websitewww.fircroft.com

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