First Utility is one of the largest independent UK energy companies, supplying both gas and electricity to more than 1.5m domestic accounts. It helps customers with cheaper tariffs and encourages the use of new technology, such as smart-meters. Under chief executive Ian McCaig, 49, this Warwick firm almost doubled its turnover to £562.2m in 2014, helped by a television and online advertising campaign.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank9
CompanyFirst Utility
ActivityEnergy supplier
LocationWarwick
Sales £m562.2
Operating profit £m11.6
Main shareholdersCo-founders (45%), private investors, incl. Disruptive Capital & Royal Dutch Shell (45%), staff share options (10%)
Staff477
Founded2006
Websitewww.first-utility.com

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