The latest brand to be acquired by this Reading catering and hospitality group is Searcys, which runs the restaurant at the top of London’s Gherkin building. WSH was founded in 2000 by chairman and chief executive Alastair Storey, 62, and its other brands include BaxterStorey, a catering and restaurant business, and Benugo, which has cafés at tourist attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and the Natural History Museum.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank6
CompanyWSH
ActivityCatering & restaurant business
LocationReading
Sales £m590.7
Operating profit £m24.6
Main shareholdersAlastair Storey and family (78%), Intermediate Capital (14%), management (8%)
Staff13,278
Founded2000
Websitewww.wshlimited.com

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