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Kelda is an old Norse word meaning water source, and this group’s main subsidiary, Yorkshire Water, supplies 1.3bn litres a day to 4.9m people and 130,000 businesses in the region. The Bradford group, which was delisted from the stock market in 2008 by a consortium of infrastructure funds, also provides nearly 50% of Northern Ireland’s drinking water. In 2012 group chief executive Richard Flint, 44, reported sales of £962m and debts of £5.8bn.

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Company details
CompanyKelda Group
ActivityWater services provider
Sales £m962
Profit £m552
Year endMar 12
Principal shareholdersConsortium comprising Citigroup, GIC, RREEF Infrastructure and Infracapital

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