Rank Company Location Year end Sales £m % annual growth Profit £m Staff Main shareholders
1 Alliance BootsRetailer and pharmaceutical wholesaler UK/Switzerland Mar 12 25,400 1,568 74,410 KKR, Stefano Pessina, (Walgreens)
2 INEOSChemicals manufacturer UK/Switzerland Dec 11 *15,272 *1,457 7,942 Jim Ratcliffe (75%), management and staff (25%)
3 GreenergyFuel supplier Central London Apr 12 *11,935 *47 137 Tesco (34%), Owens family (32%), Caradog (24%)
4 John Lewis PartnershipFood and general retailer Central London Jan 12 *7,759 *667 78,700 Employees (100%)
5 StemcorSteel trader Central London Dec 11 6,254 103 1,860 Ralph Oppenheimer and family (71%), management and staff (29%)
6 SwireConglomerate Central London Dec 11 *4,819 *1,080 74,194 Swire family (67%), others (33%)
7 Palmer and HarveyWholesale distributor East Sussex Apr 11 4,032 44 3,255 Management and employees (74%), former employees (26%)
8 Laing O’RourkeEngineering and construction group Dartford Mar 11 3,011 104 15,027 Ray O’Rourke and Des O’Rourke through Suffolk Partners Corporation
9 Brakes GroupFood distributor Kent Dec 11 *2,788 *128 10,000 Bain Capital (92%), management (8%)
10 JCBConstruction equipment manufacturer Staffordshire Dec 11 *2,716 *355 10,500 Bamford family (100%)
11 ArcadiaFashion retailer Central London Aug 11 2,682 297 44,030 Lady Tina Green and family, Lloyds Banking Group
12 Virgin AtlanticAirline and tour operator Crawley Feb 11 2,658 106 8,631 Virgin Group (51%), Singapore Airlines (49%)
13 Rigby GroupIT infrastructure integrator Stratford-upon-Avon Mar 11 2,487 34 5,380 Sir Peter Rigby and family
14 European Metal RecyclingMetal recycler Warrington Dec 10 2,431 206 2,226 Sheppard family (99%)
15 IcelandFrozen food retailer North Wales Mar 11 2,388 188 13,462 Landmark Group and other investors (57%), Malcolm Walker and senior management (43%)
16 Bestway GroupConglomerate West London Jun 11 *2,343 *171 5,500 Sir Anwar Pervez and family (67%), management (33%)
17 Arnold Clark AutomobilesCar dealer Glasgow Dec 11 *2,253 *182 8,500 Clark family and trusts (100%)
18 Shop DirectInternet and catalogue retailer Liverpool Jun 11 †2,131 †-66 18,688 Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay (100%)
19 TI AutomotiveCar parts maker Oxford/USA Dec 11 *1,873 *202 17,360 More than 25 investors, including Oaktree and Pointstate Capital
20 AcromasConsumer services provider Kent Jan 11 1,836 570 14,152 Charterhouse, CVC, Permira, management & staff
21 SSPTravel foodservice provider Weybridge Sep 11 1,721 130 29,551 EQT and management (85%), mezzanine lenders (15%)
22 Thames WaterWater services provider Reading Mar 11 1,642 994 4,913 Consortium led by Macquarie European Infrastructure Funds
23 MRH (GB)Fuel retailer and distributor Essex Oct 11 †1,563 †32 375 Management (62%), Equistone Partners Europe (38%)
24 WilkoValue retailer Nottinghamshire Jan 11 1,559 104 23,063 Wilkinson family (100%)
25 Pentland GroupBrand manager and retailer Central London Dec 11 *1,523 *130 15,468 Rubin family (100%)
26 SpecsaversOptical and hearing aid retailer Guernsey Feb 11 *1,500 n/a 30,000 Perkins family
27 New LookFashion retailer Central London Mar 12 *1,447 *147 22,605 Permira (28%), Apax (28%), Tom Singh (23%), management (16%), Quillian (3%), others (2%)
28 Anglian Water GroupWater services provider Cambridgeshire Mar 11 1,412 696 6,898 CPPIB (33%), CFSGAM (32%), IFM (20%), 3i Group (15%)
29 ClarksShoe retailer and wholesaler Somerset Jan 12 1,398 144 14,389 Clark family (84%), employees and institutions (16%)
30 2 Sisters Food GroupFood producer Birmingham Jul 11 1,376 81 9,016 Baljinder and Ranjit Boparan (100%)
31 Iglo GroupFrozen food producer West London Dec 11 *1,359 *282 2,941 Permira, management
32 United BiscuitsBranded snack manufacturer West London Dec 11 1,334 229 8,156 PAI Partners (45%), Blackstone (45%), management (10%)
33 Bibby Line GroupConglomerate Liverpool Dec 11 *1,295 *96 5,610 Sir Michael Bibby and family (88%), management and others (12%)
34 AMC GroupMetal processor and trader Central London Dec 11 1,254 41 1,066 Harold Sher (26%), Giles Robbins (11%), Charles Rowan (11%), others (52%)
35 20:20 Mobile GroupMobile phone distributor Crewe Mar 12 *1,154 *23 1,251 Doughty Hanson (45%), consortium including RBS and Mizuho (45%), management (10%)
36 EnterpriseMaintenance services provider Lancashire Dec 11 *1,125 *70 9,924 3i (57%), Equiom Trust Company (23%), management and staff (20%)
37 Findus GroupFood producer Central London Dec 10 1,120 120 5,651 Lion Capital, management
38 MatalanValue retailer Liverpool Feb 12 *1,118 *91 15,858 Hargreaves family (100%)
39 Gala CoralBetting and gaming operator Central London Sep 11 1,117 261 18,125 Apollo (26%), Cerberus (18%), Goldman Sachs (8%), Park Square (7%), Anchorage (7%) and 20 other investors
40 Balli HoldingsSteel trader Central London Dec 11 *1,097 *6 175 Alaghband family (100%)
41 Mott MacDonaldManagement and engineering consultancy Croydon Dec 11 1,074 63 13,162 Trust (50%), employees (50%)
42 LINPACPackaging maker West Yorkshire Dec 11 *1,072 *75 6,218 Various (no shareholder holds more than 15% of the equity)
43 Unipart GroupManufacturing, logistics and consultancy Oxford Dec 11 *1,064 *13 8,533 3i, Electra, Standard Life (33%), management & staff (52%), UGC Pension schemes (15%)
44 Willmott Dixon GroupConstruction contractor Hertfordshire Dec 11 *1,052 *25 2,845 Willmott family (60%), Dixon family (20%), management (20%)
45 River IslandFashion retailer West London Dec 10 1,013 207 15,155 Bernard Lewis and family (100%)
46 WatesConstruction contractor Surrey Dec 11 1,007 32 2,650 Wates family (100%)
47 Marshall GroupConglomerate Cambridge Dec 11 1,003 36 4,191 Sir Michael Marshall, Robert Marshall and family trusts (71%), others (29%)
48 The Vita GroupFoam and plastics maker Central London Dec 11 997 35 4,769 TPG Capital, others
49 Healthcare at HomeHome healthcare provider Burton upon Trent Oct 11 *977 n/a 1,339 Vitruvian Partners (majority), Hutton Collins, Management
50 Phones 4uMobile phone retailer Staffordshire Dec 11 *976 n/a 5,000 BC Partners (93%), management (7%)
51 ArupDesign and engineering consultancy Central London Mar 11 966 68 9,934 Employees, through three trusts
52 William Grant & SonsSpirits distiller Banffshire Dec 10 952 156 1,467 Grant and Gordon families
53 Kelda GroupWater services provider Bradford Mar 11 951 560 3,138 Consortium comprising Citigroup, GIC, RREEF Infrastructure and Infracapital
54 WestcoastElectronic products distributor Reading Dec 11 942 11 755 Joe Hemani (100%)
55 KCA DEUTAG GroupDrilling contractor Aberdeen Dec 11 *934 *138 6,696 Pamplona Capital, other investment funds
56 Merlin EntertainmentsVisitor attraction operator Poole Dec 11 *928 *297 12,364 Kirkbi (32%), Blackstone (29%), CVC (25%), management (14%)
57 MaceConstruction project manager Central London Dec 11 *928 *27 3,173 Management (100%)
58 AF Blakemore & SonFood distributor West Midlands Apr 11 †895 †17 5,809 Blakemore family (100%)
59 Just RetirementLife assurance specialist Surrey Jun 11 893 117 483 Permira, management
60 PartnershipLife assurance specialist Central London Dec 11 892 67 311 Cinven (73%), management (27%)
61 DysonAppliance manufacturer Wiltshire Dec 10 887 237 3,100 Sir James Dyson and family (100%)
62 MotoMotorway services operator Bedfordshire Dec 11 864 78 4,696 Macquarie, Equity Partners Infrastructure Company, Australian pension funds, management
63 BiffaIntegrated waste manager High Wycombe Mar 12 *850 *150 6,250 Montagu Private Equity (34%), Global Infrastructure (34%), Lloyds (4%), others (28%)
64 Watson PetroleumFuel distributor Wiltshire Apr 11 834 16 667 Watson family (100%)
65 ArqivaCommunications services provider Winchester Jun 11 826 351 1,980 Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (48%), consortium of other investors (52%)
66 Northgate Information SolutionsSoftware and services provider Hertfordshire Apr 11 816 128 10,643 KKR (80%), management (10%), other institutional investors (10%)
67 Bourne LeisureCaravan park operator Hertfordshire Dec 11 *814 *186 11,724 Peter Harris, John Cook, David Allen, management
68 Martin McCollConvenience store operator Essex Nov 11 805 33 12,013 Management (80%), Caird Capital (20%)
69 Virgin Rail GroupTrain operator Central London Mar 11 798 52 2,912 Virgin Group Holdings (51%), Stagecoach (49%)
70 Sir Robert McAlpineConstruction contractor Hertfordshire Oct 11 789 30 1,956 McAlpine family (100%)
71 Greenhous GroupCar dealer Shrewsbury Dec 11 781 3 574 Derek Passant (50%), Kerry Finnon (50%)
72 Monarch HoldingsAirline and tour operator Luton Airport Oct 11 *758 *-5 2,832 Amerald Investments (88%), Atlantic Financial Services (7%), Abaco Holdings (4%)
73 Radius Payment SolutionsFuel card manager Crewe Mar 12 *753 *2 138 John Dunning (35%), Nommac Ltd (35%), Bill Holmes (30%)
74 DoncastersEngineering components maker Burton upon Trent Dec 11 745 106 5,014 Dubai International Capital (51%), management (49%)
75 Samworth BrothersFood producer Leicestershire Dec 11 *745 n/a 7,323 Samworth family trusts (100%)
76 Formula OneMotor racing administrator Central London Dec 10 *742 *215 266 CVC Capital Partners (36%), Black Rock, Waddell & Reed, Norges Bank Investment Management, others
77 Odeon & UCI Cinemas GroupCinema operator Central London Dec 11 725 90 9,591 Terra Firma (>99%)
78 TJ MorrisDiscount retailer Liverpool Jun 11 721 75 6,912 Tom Morris and family (100%)
79 John LaingInfrastructure investor and manager Central London Dec 11 *718 *41 1,230 Henderson Equity Partners, management
80 B&M RetailDiscount retailer Liverpool Dec 11 713 59 8,864 Bobby and Simon Arora (100%)
81 Bowmer & KirklandConstruction contractor Derbyshire Aug 11 708 51 1,471 Kirkland family and family trusts
82 DunbiaRed meat processor County Tyrone Mar 12 703 n/a 3,010 Jack and James Dobson (100%)
83 Telereal TrilliumProperty investor and manager Central London Mar 11 696 107 591 Pears family and management (100%)
84 OCS GroupFacilities services provider Gatwick Mar 11 689 35 56,056 Goodliffe family (100%)
85 Northern & Shell Media GroupPublisher & broadcaster Central London Dec 11 689 77 1,347 Richard Desmond (100%)
86 TravelexForeign exchange operator Central London Dec 11 *686 *96 7,022 Apax (58%), Lloyd Dorfman (29%), Standard Chartered Bank (7%), management (6%)
87 House of FraserDepartment store operator Central London Jan 12 686 59 5,087 Landsbanki, Don McCarthy, Glitnir, West Coast Capital, Caird Capital
88 KeepmoatHousing regeneration specialist South Yorkshire Mar 11 677 70 2,917 Caird Capital (70%), management (30%)
89 Spire HealthcarePrivate hospital operator Central London Dec 11 *674 *187 6,353 Cinven, management
90 Bloor InvestmentsBuilder and motorcycle maker Derbyshire Jun 11 655 53 2,281 John Bloor (100%)
91 MonsoonClothing and accessories retailer West London Aug 11 651 121 4,314 Peter Simon and family (100%)
92 Southern WaterWater services provider West Sussex Mar 11 647 416 1,505 Funds advised by UBS Global (39%) and JP Morgan (28%), others (33%)
93 ListersCar dealer Stratford-upon-Avon Mar 12 *647 *12 1,616 Terry Lister (27%), Keith Bradshaw (25%), Geoff Lister (15%), others (33%)
94 PoundlandDiscount retailer West Midlands Mar 11 642 32 8,602 Warburg Pincus (76%), management (24%)
95 DFSUpholstered furniture retailer South Yorkshire Jul 11 638 80 2,792 Advent International
96 Welcome BreakMotorway services operator Milton Keynes Jan 12 *632 *41 4,165 Appia Group, management
97 ASCOOil and gas services provider Aberdeen Dec 11 *624 *30 1,621 Doughty Hanson (80%), management (20%)
98 Harrods GroupDepartment store operator Central London Jan 11 623 113 3,675 Qatar Holding (100%)
99 JCT600Car dealer Bradford Dec 11 623 15 1,359 Tordoff family (100%)
100 Hanover AcceptancesConglomerate Central London Dec 10 617 56 1,848 Gorvy family

* supplied by company   † annualised figure