List of largest private companies in the United Kingdom

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This is a list of largest private companies in the United Kingdom according to sales. Under UK company law, a private company (with the suffix "Ltd" usually) may not offer its shares for sale to the public (as can a "plc"). While lists of public companies usually rank businesses according to their market capitalisation (the traded share price multiplied by the number of shares), lists of private companies must use another measure, such as the value and volume of sales during a year.

Largest private companies[edit]

This is a list of private companies in the United Kingdom, some of which based on the Sunday Times "Top Track".[1]

Company Sector Sales (£m) Employees Main shareholders
Ineos 19,570 7,942 Jim Ratcliffe (75%), mgt
Greenergy Fuel 137 Tesco 34%, Owen's family 24%, Caradog 24%
John Lewis Partnership Retail 7,759 85,700 Employees 100%
Stemcor Commodities 6,254 1,860 Ralph Oppenheimer 71%, mgt
Swire 79,194 Swire family 67%
Palmer and Harvey 3,255 Mgt and employees 74%, ex-employees 26%
McLaren Technology Group Conglomerate: Technology
Consumer Electronics
Formula One
Food & Restaurants
Television
Automotive
554 3500 Ron Dennis (25%)
TAG Group (25%)
Laing O'Rourke Construction 15,027
Brakes Group Food 10,000 Bain Capital (92%), Mgt (8%)
JCB 10,500
Arcadia Group Clothing 2,682 44,030
Virgin Atlantic 8,631 Virgin Group 51%, Singapore Airlines 49%
SCH Group IT 5,380
Firstsource Business Process Management 6,000
European Metal Recycling 2,226
Iceland Ltd 13,462
Bestway Group 5,500
Arnold Clark Automobiles 8,500
Shop Direct Group 18,688
TI Automotive 17,360
Acromas Holdings 14,152
SSP 29,551
Thames Water 4,913
Dixons Carphone 40,000+
MRH 375
Wilkinson 23,063
Pentland Group 15,468
Specsavers 30,000
New Look 22,605
Anglian Water 6,898
Clarks 14,389
2 Sisters Food 9,061
Iglo 2,941
United Biscuits 8,156
Bibby Line 5,610
AMC 1,066
20:20 Mobile 1,251
Enterprise 9,924 3i 57%, Equiom Trust 23%, mgt 20%
Findus 5,651 Lion Capital
Matalan 15,858
Gala Coral Group 18,125 Apollo 26%, Cerberus 18%, Goldman Sachs 8%
Balli Holdings 175
Mott MacDonald 13,162 Trust 50%, employees 50%
Linpac 6,218
Unipart 8,533
Willmott Dixon Construction 2,845
River Island Clothing 15,155
Wates Construction 2,650
Marshall Group 4,191
Vita 4,769
Healthcare at Home 1,339
Arup Construction consultancy 9,934 Employee trust
William Grant 1,467
Kelda Group 3,138
Westcoast 755
KCA Deutag 6,696
Merlin Entertainments 12,364
Mace Construction 3,173
AF Blakemore & Son 5,809
Just Retirement 483
Partnership 311
Dyson 3,100
Moto 4,696
Biffa 6,250
Watson Petroleum 667
Arqiva 1,980
Northgate Information Solutions 10,643
Bourne Leisure 11,724
Martin McColl 12,013
Virgin Trains 2,912
Sir Robert McAlpine Construction 1,956
Greenhous Group 574
Monarch Holdings 2,832
UK Fuels 138
Doncasters 5,014
Samworth Brothers 7,323
Formula One 266
Odeon & UCI 9,591
TJ Morris Retail 6,912
John Laing Property 1,230
B&M Retail Retail 8,864
Bowmer & Kirkland Construction 1,471
Dunbia Food 3,010
Telereal Trillium Property 591
OCS Group 56,065 Goodliffe family
Northern & Shell Media Group 1,347
Travelex 7,022
House of Fraser 5,087
Keepmoat 2,917
Spire Healthcare 6,353
Bloor Holdings 2,281
Monsoon Clothing 4,314
Southern Water Water 1,505
Listers 1,616
Poundland 8,602
DFS 2,792
Welcome Break 4,165
Asco 1,612
Harrods Group 3,675
JCT600 1,359
Hannover Acceptances 1,848

Former private companies[edit]

Former members of the largest 100 private companies in the UK could have ceased to remain on the list for three main reasons.

They may have converted into a public company (like those on the FTSE 100, listed with the London Stock Exchange), or have seen a decline in sales, or at worst gone into an insolvency procedure, been sold, broken up, or liquidated.

See also[edit]

Other lists
Stock market lists

References[edit]