This company supplies more than 1m households and treats waste water from 2m homes across Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and the Isle of Wight. In 2007 the business was bought from the Royal Bank of Scotland by Greensands Investments, a consortium of pension and infrastructure funds led by JP Morgan, for a reported £4.2 billion. Chief executive Matthew Wright runs the West Sussex company, whose sales were £647m in 2011.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank92
CompanySouthern Water
ActivityWater services provider
LocationWest Sussex
Sales £m647
Profit £m416
Year endMar 11
Principal shareholdersFunds advised by UBS Global (39%) and JP Morgan (28%), others (33%)
Staff1,505
Founded1989
Websitewww.southernwater.co.uk

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