This integrated food and agricultural business manages more than 80,000 hectares of farmland in Britain, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia. It also operates processing plants in central Europe. Headed by chief executive Tom Green, 49, the Cambridgeshire company is expanding through acquisitions, the latest being last year’s purchase of the Basil Baird potato business in Sussex. In July, private equity firm Paine + Partners acquired the group for an undisclosed sum.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank168
CompanySpearhead International
ActivityIntegrated food and agricultural business
LocationCambridgeshire
Sales £m185.7
Operating profit £m19.7
Main shareholdersPaine + Partners, management
Staff1,874
Founded2000
Websitewww.spearheadinternational.com

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