This firm supplies 535m litres of drinking water from 90 treatment works every day. Under chief executive Matthew Wright, 51, the company has pledged to spend £3bn by 2020 on enhancing and maintaining the water and waste-water services it provides to customers across Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. In 2007 the West Sussex-based firm was bought from the Royal Bank of Scotland for a reported £4.2bn by Greensands Investments, a consortium of pension and infrastructure funds led by JP Morgan.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank67
CompanySouthern Water
ActivityWater services provider
LocationWest Sussex
Sales £m829
Profit £m586
Year endMar 15
Principal shareholdersUBS Global (39%) and JP Morgan (28%), others (33%)
Staff2,116
Founded1989
Websitewww.southernwater.co.uk

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