Water services provider £619m NO less than 552m litres of drinking water a day come from Southern Water’s treatment works, and the company recycles the waste water of nearly 2m households across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. In October 2007, the company was bought by Greensands Investments, a consortium of infrastructure and pension funds, for a reported £4.2 billion. Southern Water plans to spend £2.2 billion between 2010 and 2015 to maintain and improve services for its 4m customers. Sales at the Worthing company, led by chief executive Les Dawson, reached £619m in 2008.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank85
CompanySouthern Water
ActivityWater services provider
LocationWest Sussex
Sales £m †619
Profit £m †428
Year endMar 08
Principal shareholdersFunds advised by JP Morgan Asset Management (28%) and UBS Infrastructure Fund (23%); Challenger Infrastructure Fund (16%), others (33%)
Staff1,611
Founded1989
Websitewww.southernwater.co.uk

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