This company introduced Pendolino tilting trains that enable customers to travel faster than ever before to London from Scotland, northwest England, North Wales and the Midlands. Virgin Trains was recently voted top among British rail operators in a survey by the Institute of Customer Service. Headed by chief executive Tony Collins, the Birmingham-based company is 51% owned by Virgin Group and 49% by Stagecoach. Rising passenger numbers took sales to £823m in 2007.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank53
CompanyVirgin Rail Group
ActivityTrain operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m823
Profit £m10
Year endMar 07
Principal shareholdersVirgin Holdings (51%) and Stagecoach (49%)
Staff4,385
Founded1996
Websitewww.virgintrains.co.uk

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