More than 80m people a year are served at Welcome Break’s 24 service stations, many of them featuring hotels as well as food outlets like Burger King and Starbucks. Investcorp, the Bahrain private-equity firm, bought the company from its parent Granada in 1997. The company’s recent innovations include the introduction of wireless internet facilities at service stations. Sales reached £631m in 2006 under chief executive Rod McKie. Welcome Break has invested £750,000 in its first non-motorway site at the Folkestone Eurotunnel terminal, and is conducting trials with WH Smith newsagents at its service stations.
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