Led by chief executive Mark Whitworth, 52, this Liverpool group owns and operates seven ports across the UK and Ireland, and handles more than 60m tons of freight every year. In July last year, it began the second phase of Liverpool2, the £400m deep-water container terminal on the Mersey, which will double the annual container capacity to 1.5m. Its sales grew 11% to £716m in 2018.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank98
CompanyPeel Ports Group
ActivityPort services provider
LocationLiverpool
Sales £m*716
Profit £m*239
Year endMar 18
Principal shareholdersJohn Whittaker and family (50.1%), DWS Group (49.9%)
Staff2,672
Founded1920
Websitewww.peelports.com

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