This fourth-generation Belfast firm, formed in 1896, began as a grain merchant but now has a wide range of interests, from trading derivatives to oils. Under chairman Robert Barnett, 70, sales rose 20% to £500m in 2013, having more than trebled since the 2010 acquisition of Tate & Lyle’s molasses business for £67m.

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Company details
CompanyW&R Barnett
Sales £m499.7
Operating profit £m17.6
Main shareholdersRobert Barnett (43%), Glencairn Nominees Limited (37%), Highline Investments Limited (10%), William Barnett (10%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda