Kelda is an old Norse word meaning water source and this group’s main subsidiary, Yorkshire Water, supplies 1.3 billion litres of water a day to 4.9m people and 130,000 businesses in the country. In 2008, the Bradford group was acquired by a consortium of investment companies comprising Citigroup, GIC, Infracapital and HSBC for more than £3 billion and was delisted from the stock market. In 2011 group chief executive Richard Flint reported turnover of £951m.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank53
CompanyKelda Group
ActivityWater services provider
LocationBradford
Sales £m951
Profit £m560
Year endMar 11
Principal shareholdersConsortium comprising Citigroup, GIC, RREEF Infrastructure and Infracapital
Staff3,138
Founded1989
Websitewww.keldagroup.com

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