Rank Company Location Year end Sales £m % annual growth Profit £m Staff Main shareholders
1 INEOSChemicals manufacturer UK/Switzerland Dec 15 *18,070 0.5 *2,694 17,000 Jim Ratcliffe (60%), John Reece (20%), Andrew Currie (20%)
2 GreenergyFuel supplier Central London Apr 16 *13,672 -3.1 *52 637 Tesco Pension Trustees Ltd (35%), Owens family (32%), Seerave (24%)
3 John Lewis PartnershipFood and general retailer Central London Jan 16 9,749 2.2 784 90,700 Employees (100%)
4 SwireConglomerate Central London Dec 15 *7,238 4.5 *1,229 81,833 Swire family (67%), others (33%)
5 Palmer and HarveyWholesale distributor East Sussex Apr 15 4,466 6.4 35 4,330 Management and employees (54%), former employees (46%)
6 Arnold Clark AutomobilesCar dealer Glasgow Dec 15 *3,354 2.2 *273 9,887 Clark family and trusts (100%)
7 2 Sisters Food GroupFood producer Birmingham Jul 15 3,140 -6.4 144 22,974 Baljinder and Ranjit Boparan (100%)
8 Bestway GroupConglomerate West London Jun 15 *3,058 20.0 *485 23,324 Sir Anwar Pervez and family (70%), management (30%)
9 Laing O’RourkeEngineering and construction group Dartford Mar 15 2,886 -13.3 85 15,088 Ray O’Rourke and Des O’Rourke through Suffolk Partners Corporation (100%)
10 Virgin AtlanticAirline and tour operator Crawley Dec 15 2,782 -1.6 116 9,005 Virgin Group (51%), Delta Air Lines (49%)
11 HeathrowAirport Heathrow Dec 15 2,765 2.7 1,605 6,104 Ferrovial (25%), Qatar Holdings (20%) Québec Pension Fund (13%), Singapore Investment Corp (11%), other (31%)
12 IcelandFrozen food retailer North Wales Mar 16 2,675 -0.8 150 13,674 Brait and others (57%), Malcolm Walker and management (43%)
13 European Metal RecyclingMetal recycler Warrington Dec 14 2,522 -10.2 132 2,979 Sheppard family (100%)
14 JCBConstruction equipment manufacturer Staffordshire Dec 14 2,515 -6.3 260 8,610 Bamford family interests (100%)
15 ArcadiaFashion retailer Central London Aug 15 2,439 -9.9 320 32,541 Lady Tina Green and family, Lloyds Banking Group
16 Pentland GroupBrand manager and retailer Central London Dec 15 2,409 10.2 265 20,588 Rubin family (100%)
17 TI AutomotiveCar parts maker Oxford/US Dec 15 *2,247 3.4 *241 22,450 Bain Capital, management
18 SpecsaversOptical and hearing aid retailer Guernsey Feb 16 *2,185 6.1 n/a 30,000 Perkins family and store co-owners
19 Thames WaterWater services provider Reading Mar 16 2,047 2.2 1,163 5,057 Consortium led by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II
20 StemcorSteel trader Central London Dec 15 *1,799 33.0 *19 750 Apollo Asset Management (19%), Others (81%)
21 Shop DirectInternet retailer Liverpool Jun 15 1,788 1.4 124 3,766 Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay family settlements (100%)
22 MRH (GB)Fuel retailer and distributor Essex Sep 15 1,787 -0.1 63 454 Lone Star Funds (100%)
23 MaceConstruction project manager Central London Dec 15 *1,767 18.9 *37 5,036 Management (100%)
24 DysonAppliance manufacturer Wiltshire Dec 15 *1,740 25.2 *448 7,004 Sir James Dyson and family (100%)
25 BakkavorFresh prepared foods producer Central London Dec 15 1,675 2.5 128 18,314 Gudmundsson brothers and Baupost Group (99%), other investors (1%)
26 bet365Online bookmaker Stoke-on-Trent Mar 16 *1,659 5.6 *498 3,398 Coates family (93%), Will Roseff (7%)
27 The Rigby GroupConglomerate Stratford upon Avon Mar 15 1,628 -8.7 34 6,198 Sir Peter Rigby and family (100%)
28 WestcoastElectronic products distributor Reading Dec 15 1,595 8.7 21 1,105 Joe Hemani (100%)
29 Marshall GroupConglomerate Cambridge Dec 15 1,586 11.2 55 4,767 Sir Michael Marshall, Robert Marshall & family trusts (71%), others (29%)
30 ClarksShoe retailer and wholesaler Somerset Jan 16 1,534 2.6 86 15,379 Clark family (84%), employees and institutions (16%)
31 Radius Payment SolutionsFuel card manager Crewe Mar 16 *1,496 -2.5 *49 717 Bill Holmes (55%), Roy Sciortino (11%), others (34%)
32 New LookFashion retailer Central London Mar 16 *1,491 5.4 *227 18,530 Brait (ca. 90%), Tom Singh and other management (ca. 10%)
33 TJ MorrisValue retailer Liverpool Jun 15 1,472 15.3 173 13,843 Tom Morris and family (100%)
34 WilkoValue retailer Nottinghamshire Feb 16 1,464 1.4 57 20,830 Wilkinson family (100%)
35 Bibby Line GroupConglomerate Liverpool Dec 15 1,450 -15.4 62 6,224 Sir Michael Bibby and family (89%), management and others (11%)
36 Healthcare at HomeHome healthcare provider Burton upon Trent Oct 15 *1,426 4.4 *6 1,848 Vitruvian Partners (majority), Hutton Collins, management
37 Mott MacDonaldManagement and engineering group Croydon Dec 15 1,401 13.8 92 15,531 Employees (91%), trust (9%)
38 Willmott DixonConstruction contractor Hertfordshire Dec 15 1,324 5.2 13 3,302 Willmott family (60%), Dixon family (20%), management (20%)
39 AF Blakemore & SonFood distributor West Midlands Apr 15 1,276 7.1 19 7,456 Blakemore family (100%)
40 Anglian Water GroupWater services provider Cambridgeshire Mar 15 1,273 2.7 718 4,277 CPPIB (33%), CFSGAM (32%), IFM Investors (20%), 3i (15%)
41 WatesConstruction contractor Surrey Dec 15 1,207 20.4 20 2,776 Wates family (100%)
42 LycamobilePrepaid mobile telecoms provider Central London Feb 16 *1,200 10.1 n/a 5,105 Subaskaran Allirajah (98%), others (2%)
43 JCT600Car dealer Bradford Dec 15 1,145 11.6 32 2,181 Jack Tordoff (100%)
44 KeepmoatHousing regeneration specialist Doncaster Mar 16 *1,134 3.5 *64 3,364 TDR Capital and Sun Capital (85%), management (15%)
45 ArupDesign and engineering consultancy Central London Mar 15 1,126 7.4 108 12,143 Employees through trusts (100%)
46 Kelda GroupWater services provider Bradford Mar 15 1,096 3.0 680 3,315 Consortium comprising Citigroup, GIC, RREEF Infrastructure and Infracapital
47 KCA DEUTAG GroupDrilling contractor Aberdeen Dec 15 1,094 -14.8 190 7,575 Pamplona Capital, other investment funds, management
48 ListersAutomotive retailer Stratford-upon-Avon Mar 16 *1,090 13.7 *19 2,156 Bradshaw family (50%), Lister family (50%)
49 MatalanValue retailer Liverpool Feb 16 *1,060 -3.1 *56 15,500 Hargreaves family (100%)
50 River IslandFashion retailer West London Dec 14 1,034 12.6 174 11,981 Bernard Lewis and family (100%)
51 Virgin Rail GroupTrain operator Central London Mar 15 1,020 7.1 49 3,068 Virgin Group Holdings (51%), Stagecoach (49%)
52 RontecFuel forecourt operator Watford Sep 15 997 5.4 23 175 Ronson Family Trusts / Charitable Foundation (100%)
53 Bloor InvestmentsBuilder and motorcycle maker Derbyshire Jun 15 972 8.0 130 3,165 John Bloor (100%)
54 Bourne LeisureCaravan park operator Hertfordshire Dec 15 *951 6.2 *225 13,105 Peter Harris, families of late John Cook and David Allen, management
55 RESRenewable energy developer Hertfordshire Oct 15 947 41.0 70 1,456 McAlpine Trust (100%)
56 William Grant & SonsSpirits distiller Banffshire Dec 14 933 -16.7 171 1,888 Grant and Gordon families
57 Reed Specialist RecruitmentRecruiter Central London Jun 15 931 3.9 14 2,146 Reed family (100%)
58 BiffaIntegrated waste manager High Wycombe Mar 16 *928 5.6 *122 6,460 Angelo Gordon, Avenue Capital Group, Sankaty Advisors
59 OCS GroupFacilities services provider Gatwick Mar 15 926 6.4 6 75,733 Goodliffe family (100%)
60 Greenhous GroupCar dealer Shrewsbury Dec 15 889 14.7 9 949 Derek Passant (52%), Kerry Finnon (47%), Mike Pawson (1%)
61 Samworth BrothersFood producer Leicestershire Dec 14 858 8.4 67 7,516 Samworth family trusts (100%)
62 ArqivaCommunications services provider Central London Jun 15 857 3.8 418 2,160 Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (48%), Macquarie (25%), other investors (27%)
63 Bowmer & KirklandConstruction contractor Derbyshire Aug 15 848 15.8 46 1,298 Kirkland family and family trusts
64 First UtilityEnergy supplier Warwick Dec 15 848 50.8 6 950 Co-founders (45%), investors, incl. Royal Dutch Shell (45%), staff share options (10%)
65 Lamex Food GroupFood importer and exporter Hertfordshire Mar 15 840 4.3 17 400 Steve Anderson (23%), Phil Wallace (14%), Colin Dicker (13%), others (50%)
66 FircroftTechnical recruitment consultancy Warrington Aug 15 832 -10.8 22 640 Johnson family and management (66%), Equistone Partners (34%)
67 Southern WaterWater services provider West Sussex Mar 15 829 2.8 586 2,116 UBS Global (39%) and JP Morgan (28%), others (33%)
68 Monarch HoldingsAirline and tour operator Luton Airport Oct 15 828 -16.4 73 2,557 Greybull Capital (90%), Pension Protection Fund (10%)
69 DunbiaRed meat processor County Tyrone Mar 15 827 8.1 18 3,605 Jack and James Dobson (100%)
70 Harrods GroupDepartment store operator Central London Jan 15 822 -2.6 194 4,217 Qatar Holding (100%)
71 Formula OneMotor racing administrator Central London Dec 14 821 -0.8 161 n/a CVC Capital Partners, Waddell & Reed, Ecclestone family trusts, others
72 Euro GaragesFuel forecourt operator Blackburn Jul 15 816 26.2 52 2,745 Issa family (>50%), TDR Capital (<50%)
73 W&R BarnettConglomerate Belfast Jul 15 815 -14.0 42 512 Robert Barnett and family (100%)
74 Sir Robert McAlpineConstruction contractor Hertfordshire Oct 15 806 -6.6 -48 2,124 McAlpine family (100%)
75 Alexander Mann SolutionsRecruitment consultancy Central London Dec 15 803 10.3 27 2,808 New Mountain Capital (73%), management (27%)
76 FarmfoodsFrozen food retailer Birmingham Dec 14 †796 15.6 †26 4,779 Eric Herd and family (100%)
77 MorsonEngineering recruitment consultancy Manchester Dec 15 772 9.3 22 1,344 Ged Mason & family (85%), Paul Gilmour (7.5%), Kevin Gorton (7.5%)
78 MotoMotorway services operator Bedfordshire Dec 15 †760 -5.5 †102 5,049 Universities Superannuation Scheme (60%), CVC (40%)
79 Odeon & UCI Cinemas GroupCinema operator Central London Dec 15 747 13.7 95 9,288 Terra Firma (more than 99%), management (less than 1%)
80 Unipart GroupManufacturing, logistics & consultancy Oxford Dec 15 723 9.6 24 6,416 Management & staff (52%), pension schemes and others (48%)
81 R&R Ice CreamIce cream manufacturer North Yorkshire Dec 15 720 6.6 136 3,517 PAI Partners (93%), management (7%)
82 Vue InternationalCinema operator West London Nov 15 *707 29.5 *111 9,269 Canadian pension funds AIMCo and OMERS (74.2%), management (25.8%)
83 Camelot UK LotteriesLottery operator Watford Mar 15 692 6.9 95 593 Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (100%)
84 Care UKCare services provider Colchester Sep 15 684 -5.7 45 18,886 Bridgepoint (79%), management (20%), other (1%)
85 Pret A MangerSandwich shop operator Central London Dec 15 676 13.9 84 9,724 Bridgepoint (69%), founders & management (31%)
86 GatwickAirport Gatwick Mar 16 673 5.5 331 2,501 Global Infrastructure Partners (42%), Future Fund Board of Guardians (17%), The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (16%), others (25%)
87 Dhamecha FoodsCash and carry wholesaler Wembley Mar 15 669 6.5 17 497 Dhamecha family (100%)
88 Domestic & GeneralWarranty provider Wimbledon Mar 15 *669 5.7 *84 2,801 CVC Capital Partners (>50%), management (<50%)
89 The John Clark Motor GroupCar dealer Aberdeen Dec 15 *665 10.1 *13 1,110 John Clark and family (100%)
90 The RangeValue retailer Plymouth Jan 16 †*661 17.0 †*82 7,910 Chris Dawson and family (100%)
91 Henderson GroupFood wholesaler and retailer County Antrim Dec 15 *659 1.2 *32 2,680 Geoffrey Agnew (12%), Martin Agnew (12%), Ardbarron Trust (76%)
92 Telereal TrilliumProperty investor and manager Central London Mar 16 *659 -1.8 *204 434 Pears family and management (100%)
93 WSHHospitality services provider Reading Dec 15 *651 10.2 *55 13,114 Alastair Storey and family (78%), Intermediate Capital (14%), management (8%)
94 TrailfindersTravel organiser West London Feb 15 649 2.0 27 1,054 Mike Gooley (100%)
95 Cordant GroupManpower services provider West London Jun 15 649 20.9 11 34,197 Ullmann family (98%), employee benefit trust (2%)
96 Welcome BreakMotorway services operator Milton Keynes Jan 16 *648 -3.3 *57 4,740 Appia Group
97 NES Global TalentEngineering recruitment consultancy Altrincham Oct 15 648 3.8 35 614 AEA Investors (>50%), management (<50%)
98 Murphy GroupCivil engineering contractor Central London Dec 15 648 -1.5 13 3,664 Murphy family (100%)
99 Doncasters GroupEngineering components maker Burton upon Trent Dec 15 637 -6.1 120 3,980 Dubai International Capital (98%), management (2%)
100 Langley HoldingsEngineering equipment maker Nottinghamshire Dec 15 634 1.0 87 4,266 Tony Langley (100%)

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