Much of the behind-the-scenes activity that keeps businesses running, from washroom services and drinks dispensers to laundry and landscape design, is taken care of by firms such as PHS. This Caerphilly company has 48 locations throughout Britain, and claims to have more than 200,000 customers throughout Europe. In 2005 Charterhouse Capital took the company private for a reported £600m. Under chief executive Peter Cohen, sales reached £360.4m in 2010.

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Company details
ActivityOffice services provider
Sales £m360.4
Operating profit £m98.6
Main shareholdersCharterhouse (80%), management (20%)

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