Welcome Break’s management team has invested in creating a more pleasant environment at motorway services. The company has spent more than £170m on upgrading existing sites and opening new ones, such as its outlet at the Folkestone Eurotunnel terminal. Sales reached £631m in 2006 under chief executive Rod McKie. Appia Group, a consortium of infrastructure investors including NIBC, ING and Challenger, bought Welcome Break in March for an undisclosed sum from the private-equity firm Investcorp.

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Company details
CompanyWelcome Break
ActivityMotorway services operator
LocationMilton Keynes
Sales £m631
Profit £m37
Year endSep 06
Principal shareholdersAppia Group, management

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