This Belfast firm was founded in 1896 as a grain merchant but now has interests in commodity trading, storage, agribusiness and industrial companies. Chief executive William Barnett, 41, has 60 directorships covering operations in countries as far afield as Trinidad and Tobago and the Philippines. Sales grew 18% to a record £1.1bn in 2017, the first time the company has broken the £1bn barrier.

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Company details
CompanyW&R Barnett
Sales £m1,113
Profit £m64
Year endJul 17
Principal shareholdersRobert Barnett and family (100%)

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