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As universities closed in lockdown, this student housing provider waived rent for residents seeking early checkouts. The group has 67 sites in 27 UK cities, home to more than 28,000 students. In February it was bought by Blackstone for a reported £4.7bn — the UK’s largest private property deal. Chief executive Rob Roger, 59, leads the London-based group; profits hit £124.5m last year.

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Company details
CompanyiQ Student Accommodation
ActivityStudent accommodation provider
LocationCentral London
Sales £m223.2*
Operating profit £m124.5*
Main shareholdersInvestment firms (100%)

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* supplied by company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda