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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
ActivityCatering & restaurant business
Sales £m590.7
Operating profit £m24.6
Main shareholdersAlastair Storey and family (78%), Intermediate Capital (14%), management (8%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda