Under chief executive Steve Robertson, 60, this Reading-based water and waste-water business serves 15m customers each day in London and the Thames Valley. In March last year, Australian investor Macquarie Group sold its 26% stake to one of Canada’s largest pension funds, OMERS, and the Kuwait Investment Authority for an estimated £1.35bn; and last July, UK pension fund USS acquired an 11% stake for an undisclosed sum.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank24
CompanyThames Water (Kemble)
ActivityWater services provider
LocationReading
Sales £m2,065
Profit £m1,155
Year endMar 17
Principal shareholdersConsortium of investors, including OMERS (18%), BT Pension scheme (13%), others (69%)
Staff4,974
Founded1989
Websitecorporate.thameswater.co.uk/

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