Known as a good place to hire an angle grinder, 90% of this company’s business is with trade customers – it supplies Gatwick Airport with equipment and tools, for example. In 2007 the business was bought for £310m by Och-Ziff Capital and Archie Norman’s investment vehicle, Aurigo. Chief executive is Chris Davies.

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Company details
CompanyHSS Hire Group
ActivityTool and equipment hirer
Sales £m177.2
Operating profit £m8.6
Main shareholdersAurigo (62%), Och-Ziff (27%), management (8%), Barclays Wealth Trustees (3%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda