Formed in 1970, Fircroft specialises in recruitment for technical industries including oil and gas, automotive and mining, and has operations in 45 countries. In 2012, private equity firm Equistone backed a £140m buyout led by chief executive Johnathan Johnson, 45, son of the founder John Johnson, 79. The Cheshire firm’s acquisition in 2016 of Australian workforce specialist One Key helped sales hit £732m last year.

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Company details
ActivityTechnical recruitment consultancy
Sales £m732
Profit £m10
Year endAug 17
Principal shareholdersJohnson family and management (66%), Equistone Partners (34%)

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