This Oxfordshire business has seen its industry change beyond all recognition in the half century it has been farming. With divisions focusing on hatching, rearing and breeding chicks, P D Hook can hatch more than 5m a week. The company provides day-old chicks and chickens, including the Oakham and Willow brands, which are supplied to retailers such as Tesco and Marks & Spencer. Still family-owned, the company achieved sales of £174.1m in 2005 under chairman James Hook.

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Company details
Year2007
Rank191
CompanyP D Hook
ActivityPoultry producer
LocationOxfordshire
Sales £m174.1
Operating profit £m5
Main shareholdersHook family (100%)
Staff647
Founded1950
Websitewww.pdhook.co.uk

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