This family firm has been milling flour since 1886 but is at the forefront of milling and heat-treatment technology, running an innovation centre at its Northamptonshire headquarters. Led by chairman Martin George, 76, the company acquired Carr’s Flour Mills in 2016 for £36m, adding milling centres in Cumbria, Essex and Fife. Last year, it added two flour mills from Rank Hovis, which helped lift sales 24% to £397.9m.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank37
CompanyWhitworth Group
ActivityFlour miller
LocationNorthamptonshire
Sales £m397.9
Operating profit £m12.8
Main shareholdersMartin George and family (100%)
Staff607
Founded1886
Websitewww.whitworthbros.ltd.uk

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