A familiar sight on Britain’s motorways for more than 55 years, this company says 85m people use its 27 service areas each year — visiting retailers such as Waitrose and Starbucks. Its owner, a consortium of infrastructure investors, sold a 45% stake to Arjun Infrastructure Partners in May in a deal reportedly valuing the firm at £700m. Under chief executive Rod McKie, 55, sales rose to an annualised £664m in 2017.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank96
CompanyWelcome Break
ActivityMotorway services operator
LocationMilton Keynes
Sales £m†*664
Profit £m†*62
Year endJan 17
Principal shareholdersNIBC European Infrastructure Fund (55%), Arjun Infrastructure Partners (45%)
Staff4,971
Founded1983
Websitewww.welcomebreak.co.uk

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