Sir Peter Rigby, 74, set up and built this portfolio of privately owned businesses, starting with IT services business SCC in 1975, which remains the Warwickshire group’s biggest division. Since 2013, it has diversified, acquiring 19 businesses including Bournemouth airport last December for an undisclosed sum. This strategy helped turnover rise 21% to £2.2bn in 2017, as well as strong sales in mainland Europe.

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Company details
CompanyThe Rigby Group
Sales £m2,167
Profit £m57
Year endMar 17
Principal shareholdersSir Peter Rigby and family (100%)

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