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The pandemic has not halted this Kent firm’s infrastructure projects, such as increasing the capacity of its Sevenoaks reservoir to five million litres, and it plans to invest £433m in infrastructure from 2020 to 2025. Led since August by chief executive David Hinton, 52, the company supplies 520 million litres of water to 2.2 million people across five counties daily, through 9,000 miles of water mains. Profits hit £86.3m in 2019.

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Company details
CompanySouth East Water
ActivityWater utility
Sales £m238.3
Operating profit £m86.3
Main shareholdersUtilities Trust of Australia (50%), RBS Pension Trustee (25%), Desjardins Cooperative Financial Group (25%)

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* supplied by company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda