Familiar to many motorway travellers, Welcome Break currently runs 24 service stations across the UK from Cardiff to Carlisle. Offering everything from sweets to Big Macs to hotel rooms, the Milton Keynes-based company, now owned by Investcorp, had sales of £522m and 4,950 employees in 2000.

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Company details
CompanyWelcome Break
ActivityMotorway services operator
LocationMilton Keynes
Sales £m539
Profit £m34
Year endSep 01
Principal shareholdersInvestcorp

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