This Belfast firm, formed in 1896, began as a grain merchant but now has a wide range of interests, from trading derivatives to oil. Under chairman Robert Barnett sales jumped 151% in 2011, boosted by the acquisition of Tate & Lyle’s molasses business and its UK storage facilities for £67m in 2010.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank76
CompanyW&R Barnett
ActivityConglomerate
LocationBelfast
Sales £m350.7
Operating profit £m12.9
Main shareholdersRobert Barnett (42%), Glencairn Nominees Limited (37%), Highline Investments Limited (10%), William Barnett (10%)
Staff236
Founded1924
Websitewww.wrbarnett.com

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