Founder William Jackson started this group as a grocer and tea dealer in 1851, and it is now led by chairman Nicholas Oughtred, 53, his great-great-grandson. Its most famous brand is Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire puddings, of which 20m are made each week, and the North Humberside group saw sales grow 27% to £228.5m last year, following the acquisition of Abel & Cole in 2012.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank121
CompanyWilliam Jackson Food Group
ActivityFood producer
LocationNorth Humberside
Sales £m228.5
Operating profit £m12.9
Main shareholdersJackson family (88%), former employees (12%)
Staff1,729
Founded1851
Websitewww.wjfg.co.uk

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