Rank Company Location Year end Sales £m % annual growth Profit £m Staff Main shareholders
1 Alliance BootsRetailer and pharmaceutical wholesaler UK/Switzerland Mar 11 23,300 1,442 115,500 KKR
2 INEOSChemicals manufacturer UK/Switzerland Dec 10 *19,570 *1,404 15,000 Jim Ratcliffe (75%), management and staff (25%)
3 GreenergyFuel supplier Central London Apr 11 *9,839 *17 117 Tesco (35%), Owens family (32%), Caradog (24%)
4 John Lewis PartnershipFood and general retailer Central London Jan 11 *7,362 *671 74,800 Employees (100%)
5 StemcorSteel trader Central London Dec 10 5,141 115 1,657 Ralph Oppenheimer and family (71%), management and staff (29%)
6 Palmer and HarveyWholesale distributor East Sussex Apr 10 4,236 40 3,480 Management and employees (74%)
7 SwireConglomerate Central London Dec 10 *4,169 *1,015 73,021 Swire family (67%), others (33%)
8 Laing O’RourkeEngineering and construction group Dartford Mar 10 3,526 168 19,668 Ray O’Rourke, Des O’Rourke and Bernard Dempsey via Suffolk Partners Corporation
9 ArcadiaFashion retailer Central London Aug 10 *2,777 *383 43,790 Lady Cristina Green and family, Lloyds Banking Group
10 Brakes GroupFood distributor Kent Dec 10 *2,553 n/a 10,000 Bain Capital (89%), management (11%)
11 IcelandFrozen food retailer North Wales Mar 11 *2,388 *188 13,462 Landsbanki and Glitnir (76%), management (24%)
12 Virgin AtlanticAirline and tour operator Crawley Feb 10 2,357 -57 8,937 Virgin Group (51%), Singapore Airlines (49%)
13 Arnold Clark AutomobilesCar dealer Glasgow Dec 10 *2,271 *176 8,292 Clark family and trusts (100%)
14 Rigby GroupIT infrastructure integrator Stratford-upon-Avon Mar 10 2,238 34 5,049 Sir Peter Rigby and family
15 Bestway GroupConglomerate West London Jun 10 *2,104 *107 4,955 Sir Anwar Pervez and family (67%), management (33%)
16 JCBConstruction equipment manufacturer Staffordshire Dec 10 *2,000 *235 8,000 Bamford family (100%)
17 Shop DirectInternet and catalogue retailer Liverpool Apr 10 1,904 140 16,206 Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay (100%)
18 European Metal RecyclingMetal recycler Warrington Dec 09 1,843 160 2,136 Sheppard family (99%)
19 EMIMusic publisher and producer Central London Mar 10 1,651 334 3,380 Citigroup
20 AcromasConsumer services provider Kent Jan 10 1,648 572 12,645 Charterhouse, CVC, Permira, management & staff
21 Thames WaterWater services provider Reading Mar 11 *1,642 *995 4,764 Consortium led by Macquarie European Infrastructure Funds
22 SSPTravel foodservice provider Weybridge Sep 10 1,628 115 29,496 EQT and management (85%), mezzanine lenders (15%)
23 TI AutomotiveCar parts maker Oxford/USA Dec 10 1,609 152 15,690 More than 25 separate investors, including Oaktree and Pointstate Capital
24 WilkoValue retailer Nottinghamshire Jan 10 1,556 109 23,047 Wilkinson family (100%)
25 New LookFashion retailer Central London Mar 11 *1,461 *190 23,939 Permira (28%), Apax (28%), Tom Singh (23%), management (16%), Quillian (3%)
26 Anglian Water GroupWater services provider Cambridgeshire Mar 10 1,396 709 6,642 CPPIB (33%), CFSGAM (32%), IFM (20%), 3i Group (15%)
27 SpecsaversOptical and hearing aid retailer Guernsey Feb 10 *1,360 n/a 26,000 Perkins family
28 MRH (GB)Fuel retailer and distributor Essex Sep 10 1,358 33 340 Management (62%), Barclays Private Equity (38%)
29 Pentland GroupBrand manager and retailer Central London Dec 10 1,299 137 13,141 Stephen Rubin and family (100%)
30 ClarksShoe retailer and wholesaler Somerset Jan 11 1,281 139 13,712 Clark family (84%), employees and institutions (16%)
31 United BiscuitsBranded snack manufacturer West London Dec 10 1,268 231 8,323 PAI Partners (45%), Blackstone (45%), management (10%)
32 20:20 Mobile GroupMobile phone distributor Crewe Mar 11 * †1,186 * †25 1,278 Doughty Hanson (45%), consortium including RBS and Mizuho (45%), management (10%)
33 Gala CoralBetting and gaming operator Central London Sep 10 1,168 307 16,560 Apollo (26%), Cerberus (18%), Park Square (8%), York Capital (6%) and 21 other investors
34 Bibby Line GroupConglomerate Liverpool Dec 10 *1,146 *66 5,758 Michael Bibby and family (88%), management and others (12%)
35 Unipart GroupManufacturing, logistics and consultancy Oxford Dec 10 *1,130 *17 8,487 Management and staff (52%), 3i, Electra, Standard Life (33%), UGC Pension (15%)
36 Findus GroupFood producer Central London Dec 10 *1,120 *120 5,651 Lion Capital, management
37 AMC GroupMetal processor and trader Central London Dec 10 *1,113 *34 1,341 Harold Sher (26%), Giles Robbins (11%), Charles Rowan (11%), others (52%)
38 MatalanValue retailer Liverpool Feb 11 *1,111 *157 16,144 Hargreaves family (100%)
39 LINPACPackaging maker West Yorkshire Dec 10 *1,107 *81 7,174 Various (no shareholder holds more than 15% of the equity)
40 EnterpriseMaintenance services provider Lancashire Dec 09 1,060 84 8,515 3i (57%), Equiom Trust Company (23%), management and staff (20%)
41 Telereal TrilliumProperty investor and manager Central London Mar 10 *1,060 *360 1,010 Pears family and management (100%)
42 Iglo GroupFrozen food producer West London Dec 10 *1,048 *200 2,504 Permira, management
43 Mott MacDonaldManagement and engineering consultancy Croydon Dec 10 1,035 66 13,013 Trust (50%), employees (50%)
44 River IslandFashion retailer West London Dec 09 1,026 202 16,073 Bernard Lewis and family (100%)
45 WestcoastElectronic products distributor Reading Dec 10 *1,017 *12 761 Joe Hemani (100%)
46 Willmott Dixon GroupConstruction contractor Hertfordshire Dec 10 990 31 2,949 Willmott family (60%), Dixon family (20%), management (20%)
47 Kelda GroupWater services provider Bradford Mar 10 987 581 3,358 Consortium comprising Citigroup, GIC, RREEF Infrastructure and Infracapital
48 John LaingInfrastructure investor and manager Central London Dec 10 *954 *67 1,190 Henderson Equity Partners, management
49 The Vita GroupFoam and plastics maker Central London Dec 10 *949 *23 4,878 TPG Capital, others
50 Phones 4uMobile phone retailer Staffordshire Dec 10 *912 *159 4,973 BC Partners (93%), management (7%)
51 WatesConstruction contractor Surrey Dec 10 895 41 2,222 Wates family (100%)
52 ArupDesign and engineering consultancy Central London Mar 10 889 132 9,852 Employees, through three trusts
53 Marshall GroupConglomerate Cambridge Dec 10 *884 *30 4,533 Sir Michael Marshall, Robert Marshall and family trusts (71%), others (29%)
54 KCA DEUTAG GroupDrilling contractor Aberdeen Dec 10 *868 *179 6,439 Pamplona Capital, other investment funds
55 MaceConstruction project manager Central London Dec 10 *851 *24 2,902 Management (100%)
56 MotoMotorway services operator Bedfordshire Dec 10 *848 *74 4,811 Macquarie, Equity Partners Infrastructure Company, Australian pension funds, management
57 William Grant & SonsSpirits distiller Banffshire Dec 09 838 122 1,297 Grant and Gordon families
58 ArqivaCommunications services provider Winchester Jun 10 823 330 2,043 Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (48%), consortium of other investors (52%)
59 Greenhous GroupCar dealer Shrewsbury Dec 10 819 10 608 Derek Passant (50%), Kerry Finnon (50%)
60 AF Blakemore & SonFood distributor West Midlands Apr 10 816 16 5,449 Blakemore family (100%)
61 Healthcare at HomeHome healthcare provider Burton upon Trent Oct 10 *814 *21 1,072 Hutton Collins (35%), management (65%)
62 Bourne LeisureCaravan park operator Hertfordshire Dec 10 *803 *180 11,126 Peter Harris, John Cook, David Allen, management
63 Merlin EntertainmentsVisitor attraction operator Poole Dec 10 *801 *256 10,640 Kirkbi (32%), Blackstone (29%), CVC (25%), management (14%)
64 Martin McCollConvenience store operator Essex Nov 10 771 40 12,090 Management (80%), Caird Capital (20%)
65 DysonAppliance manufacturer Wiltshire Dec 09 770 227 2,410 Sir James Dyson and family (100%)
66 Monarch HoldingsAirline and tour operator Luton Airport Oct 10 757 47 2,791 Amerald Investments (88%), Atlantic Financial Services (7%), Abaco Holdings (4%)
67 Formula OneMotor racing administrator Central London Dec 10 *742 *215 266 CVC Capital Partners
68 2 Sisters Food GroupFood producer Birmingham Jul 09 739 46 4,587 Baljinder and Ranjit Boparan (100%)
69 Virgin Rail GroupTrain operator Central London Mar 10 722 69 2,995 Virgin Group Holdings (51%), Stagecoach (49%)
70 Samworth BrothersFood producer Leicestershire Dec 10 *715 n/a 7,200 Samworth family trusts (100%)
71 Peacock GroupFashion retailer Cardiff Apr 10 †707 †76 13,353 Och Ziff (24%), Perry Capital (24%), Echelon (8%), ELQ Investors (6%), management (38%)
72 Sir Robert McAlpineConstruction contractor Hertfordshire Oct 10 707 31 1,996 McAlpine family (100%)
73 ListersCar dealer Stratford-upon-Avon Mar 11 *702 *18 1,491 Terry Lister (27%), Keith Bradshaw (25%), Geoff Lister (15%), others (33%)
74 TravelexForeign exchange operator Central London Dec 10 696 100 7,098 Apax (58%), Lloyd Dorfman (29%), Standard Chartered Bank (7%), management (6%)
75 OCS GroupFacilities services provider Gatwick Mar 10 689 40 60,633 Goodliffe family (100%)
76 BiffaIntegrated waste manager High Wycombe Apr 10 †689 †136 4,515 Montagu Private Equity (34%), Global Infrastructure (34%), Lloyds (4%), others (28%)
77 Fitness FirstFitness club operator Poole Oct 10 *687 n/a 10,050 BC Partners (81%), management (19%)
78 Hanover AcceptancesConglomerate Central London Dec 09 684 67 1,858 Gorvy family
79 Southern WaterWater services provider West Sussex Mar 10 679 478 1,508 Funds advised by UBS Global (39%) and JP Morgan (28%), others (33%)
80 DoncastersEngineering components maker Burton upon Trent Dec 10 673 104 4,901 Dubai International Capital (98%), management (2%)
81 Northgate Information SolutionsSoftware and services provider Hertfordshire Apr 10 670 118 7,936 KKR (80%), management (10%), other institutional investors (10%)
82 House of FraserDepartment store operator Central London Jan 11 669 70 5,241 Landsbanki, Don McCarthy, Glitnir, West Coast Capital, Caird Capital
83 Bowmer & KirklandConstruction contractor Derbyshire Aug 10 667 40 1,495 Kirkland family and family trusts
84 The Miller GroupHousebuilder & construction services Edinburgh Dec 10 *666 *6 1,162 Miller family, Lloyds Banking Group, employees
85 DFSUpholstered furniture retailer South Yorkshire Jul 10 653 78 2,603 Advent International
86 Odeon & UCI Cinemas GroupCinema operator Central London Dec 10 *650 *81 8,781 Terra Firma (>99%)
87 MonsoonClothing and accessories retailer West London Aug 10 647 137 5,001 Peter Simon and family (100%)
88 Spire HealthcarePrivate hospital operator Central London Dec 10 *643 *168 6,238 Cinven, management
89 EdwardsIndustrial equipment manufacturer West Sussex Dec 10 641 152 2,799 CCMP Capital (45.5%), Unitas Capital (45.5%), management (9%)
90 PoundlandDiscount retailer West Midlands Mar 11 *640 n/a 9,000 Warburg Pincus (76%), management (24%)
91 Expro InternationalOilfield services provider Reading Mar 10 638 190 4,336 Goldman Sachs (36%), Candover (32%), Alpinvest (12%)
92 Bloor InvestmentsBuilder and motorcycle maker Derbyshire Jun 10 631 48 2,173 John Bloor (100%)
93 DunbiaRed meat processor County Tyrone Mar 11 *625 n/a 2,671 Jack and James Dobson (100%)
94 JCT600Car dealer Bradford Dec 10 615 18 1,312 Tordoff family (100%)
95 KeepmoatHousing regeneration specialist South Yorkshire Mar 10 604 71 2,963 Caird Capital (20%), management (80%)
96 Welcome BreakMotorway services operator Milton Keynes Jan 11 *598 *39 4,041 Appia Group, management
97 NDS GroupPay-TV technology provider Staines Jun 10 597 156 4,951 Permira (51%), News Corporation (49%)
98 TJ MorrisDiscount retailer Liverpool Jun 10 590 61 4,829 Tom Morris and family (100%)
99 Harrods GroupDepartment store operator Central London Jan 11 *586 *113 3,375 Qatar Holding (100%)
100 Watson PetroleumFuel distributor Wiltshire Apr 10 585 10 611 Watson family (100%)

* supplied by company   † annualised figure