From creating low-cost skin patches that remotely monitor patients’ health to designing space-saving kitchen towels, this firm works with companies, such as John Lewis, and governments to develop new technology and attract investment. Private equity giant Carlyle Group acquired a majority stake last month, valuing the London firm at £660m. Alan Middleton, 49, is chief executive.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank45
CompanyPA Consulting Group
ActivityManagement, IT consultancy
LocationCentral London
Sales £m423.0
Operating profit £m54.9
Main shareholdersCarlyle Group (51%), current and former employees (49%)
Staff2,636
Founded1943
Websitewww.paconsulting.com

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