Started in 1896 when George Samworth founded a pig-dealing business, this family-owned company saw Mark Samworth, 46, take the reins in March after its previous chief executive’s departure. Leicestershire’s largest private employer, it has invested £185m over the past five years, opening factories and acquiring new businesses including the West Cornwall Pasty Company. Its ranges include the Ginsters and Soreen brands; it also supplies own-label products to leading retailers.

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Company details
CompanySamworth Brothers
ActivityFood producer
Sales £m†910
Profit £m†85
Year endDec 15
Principal shareholdersSamworth family trusts (100%)

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* Supplied by company † Annualised figure