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 Pizza Express and Starbucks. In May, Rod McKie, 56, stepped down as chief executive, with chief financial officer Robbie Bell, 45, assuming the role. Private equity firm 3i is reportedly interested in buying NIBC’s 55% stake.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank96
CompanyWelcome Break
ActivityMotorway services operator
LocationMilton Keynes
Sales £m*723
Profit £m*66
Year endJan 18
Principal shareholdersNIBC European Infrastructure Fund (55%), Arjun Infrastructure Partners (45%)
Staff4,951
Founded1983
Websitewww.welcomebreak.co.uk

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