Thames Water claims to be the biggest water and waste-water services business in Britain, serving 13.6m customers in southeast England. It also claims it is the cheapest, with metered domestic customers paying an average of 73p a day for their water. In December 2006 the company was bought by a consortium led by the Australian investor Macquarie, in an £8 billion deal. Macquarie is now planning to sell some of its UK investments, including the M6 toll road, but it is unlikely that Thames Water will go. The company’s sales reached £1,577m in 2009.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank22
CompanyThames Water
ActivityWater services provider
LocationReading
Sales £m †1,577
Profit £m †1,021
Year endMar 09
Principal shareholdersConsortium led by Macquarie European Infrastructure Funds
Staff5,141
Founded1989
Websitewww.thameswater.co.uk

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