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This company supplies a million households in southeast England, but it also treats and recycles dirty water from a further million. This February, Southern Water Capital (SWC) and France’s Veolia Environement agreed to acquire Southern Water’s holding company, First Aqua. SWC will be 49% owned by Royal Bank of Scotland. The company reported operating profits of £203m on sales of £430m in 2002, a hefty 47% margin.

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Company details
Year2003
Rank74
CompanySouthern Water
ActivityWater services provider
LocationWest Sussex
Sales £m430
Profit £m203
Year endMar 02
Principal shareholdersRoyal Bank of Scotland and other institutions
Staff2,033
Founded1989
Websitewww.southernwater.co.uk

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