NEC, headquartered in Birmingham, runs more than 750 live events each year, including the BBC Good Food Show and Crufts, at its exhibition venues. Chief executive Paul Thandi, 52, led a £307m management buyout backed by private equity group LDC from Birmingham city council in 2015. Turnover hit £162.1m in 2018.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank186
CompanyNEC Group
ActivityVenue management
LocationBirmingham
Sales £m162.1
Operating profit £m46.3
Main shareholders

LDC (>50%), management (<50%)

Staff793
Founded1970
Websitewww.necgroup.co.uk

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