Office managers across Britain could be working overtime and taking less holiday without the services of companies like PHS. These range from washroom services and interior landscaping to drinking water dispensers, cleaning, waste management, document shredding and even Christmas tree hire. The Caerphilly-based services provider got some tidy results itself when Charterhouse Capital backed a £733m buyout to take it private in 2005. Led by chief executive Peter Cohen, PHS supports 200,000 customers from its 48 nationwide locations. Sales grew to £305.8m in 2008.
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