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This St Albans company more than quadrupled its network of petrol stations and forecourt shops when it bought the Murco chain last year for a reported £200m. The enlarged business saw turnover almost double to £442.5m and profits grow 228% to £14.7m in 2014, under chief executive William Bannister, 49. In June, private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice reportedly paid £500m to Patron Capital for the business, shortly after it snapped up a further 90 Shell stations, bringing its total to 373 sites.

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Company details
ActivityFuel forecourt operator
LocationSt Albans
Sales £m442.5
Operating profit £m14.7
Main shareholders

Patron Capital (89%), management (11%)


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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda