Led by chief executive Chris Cracknell, who began his career at OCS in 1977 as a window cleaner, this Gatwick facilities firm mows the equivalent of 10,000 football pitches and valets more than 200,000 aircraft every year. It has operations on five continents providing services that range from landscape design to catering, security and cleaning. Other divisions provide pest control and waste management services. There is even one that supplies Christmas trees. The company counts the Ministry of Defence and Eton College among its customers, and sales reached £689m in 2011.

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Company details
CompanyOCS Group
ActivityFacilities services provider
Sales £m689
Profit £m35
Year endMar 11
Principal shareholdersGoodliffe family (100%)

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