Who are the north west's biggest businesses? (2023)

Ever wondered who the biggest firms in the region are?

Well wonder no more.

We've teamed-up with Barclays to launch the 2015 North-West Top 200 guide. All the research was provided by Manchester Metropolitan University, with firms ranked in terms of their turnover reported in accounts filed up to a cut-off point of May 31.

Some major organisations did not make the cut because of their ownership structure or the fact they don't file accounts.

One example is Manchester mutual The Co-operative Group, with a turnover of £9.2bn, which would actually make it the firm with the largest revenues in the north west.

Other examples include colleges and universities.

Prof Chris Pyke, associate dean and head of accounting, finance and economics at MMU business school, said: "It has been fascinating producing the list of the top Northwest firms over the past year.

"There has been remarkable growth by some of the leading companies in the region in the past year, and many firms have sustained impressive growth. Employment has not shown a clear trend during the year, with some firms consolidating on their previous growth and investment whilst others continue to push expansion.

"Looking to the future, we will see in next year’s data how the region is reacting to the massive changes that are again taking place in global markets."

Michael Hartig, managing director, corporate banking, north west and North Wales at Barclays, said:

“Barclays is proud to support the Top 200 Companies report for the fifth year with MEN Media. It is a fantastic showcase of the largest companies across the region and how they are innovating and investing for future growth.

"Whatever the size of your business, we hope it’s an inspirational read. I’d like to add that the Barclays team in the North West is committed to building relationships with clients that are of real value to them.

"We understand their business and industry as well as provide innovative thinking across a broad range of product areas. There is a great deal of business confidence out there, and we look forward to working with new and existing clients to maximise future growth opportunities."

Here, we run through the top 30 on the final list.

1. BetFred

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BetFred Group is leading the field once again in the Top 200 2015 - after building on its position as the north west’s best performing business.

The Warrington-headquartered gambling giant – known to millions as BetFred - saw turnover soar by 19.1% to £8.023bn in the 12 months to March 2013.

The company, owned by Fred and Peter Done, employs more than 10,000 people and has just under 1,400 licensed betting shops.

The brothers started the chain with a single betting shop in Salford in 1967 and have since built it into the world’s largest independent bookmaker.

And the company remains resolutely positive about the outlook for the foreseeable future. A spokesperson for BetFred told the North West Top 200: "As the industry has become much more entertainment focused, it's adapted with cash outs, live streaming of sporting events as well as new betting games.

"What we have been discovering more and more is the phenomenal interest that exists in Premier League matches is also being complemented by the top European matches.

"Football fans are much more in tune nowadays with what's happening in Spain and Italy than they've ever been before. This summer has also been good for us as a result of the Ashes as well as The Open. But away from sport, we've also continued to see growth.

"The Conservatives surprised everybody - including the pollsters - by winning a majority. That proved to be a huge opportunity for BetFred which is at the forefront of taking a punt on politics."

While Betfred is smaller than its rivals William Hill, Ladbrokes and Coral – the latter of which are currently exploring merger options – it does have an advantage in owning the former state-owned Tote.

The company bought the Tote from the government in 2011 after a fierce battle with former British Airways chairman Martin Broughton.

As well as outlets at racecourses, the Tote also has a monopoly on pool betting on horse races until 2018.

2. Essar Oil

Cheshire-headquartered Essar Oil (UK) witnessed its sales soar by 56.5% to £6.738bn in the year to the end of March 2013.

The Stanlow Oil Refinery, near Ellesmere Port, employs just under 1,000 people and meets around 15% of Britain’s transport fuel needs.

In the same year, it reported a profit before tax of £43.557m.

Essar Oil (UK) is part of Essar, a global conglomerate and a leading player in the sectors of steel, energy - oil, gas and power, infrastructure - including ports, projects and concessions - and services, including shipping, telecom and "business process outsourcing”.

With operations in more than 25 countries across five continents, the group employs 75,000 people and today has revenues of over £17.3bn.

In the year to March 2013, one of the most significant developments at the refinery was the arrival of a giant steel "regenerator head".

This was installed to ensure that the facility can produce even more petrol as part of a planned £23m refurbishment project.

The 450-tonne head became the biggest load seen on the M53 motorway in over a quarter of a century as it made the four mile journey from Ellesmere Port Docks in just over six hours in March 2013.

The residue catalytic cracking unit, which is vital to Stanlow’s annual production of three billion litres of petrol, subsequently underwent a major refurbishment later that year.

It has provided the refinery with another 25 years of life.

Commenting on the development at the time, Volker Schultz, chief executive officer, Essar Oil (UK), said: “Moving a load of this size is a complex technical operation and it is a credit to all the teams involved that it was completed safely and ahead of schedule.

"The project represents a significant multi-million pound investment and is further proof of our determination to ensure Essar Oil UK is sustainably profitable and growing moving forward.

"The Stanlow refinery is a major economic driver in the region and this is a clear demonstration of our confidence in its future growth.”

3. Certas Energy UK

Oil distribution giant Certas Energy UK's revenues rose 2.7% to £4.734bn in the year to the end of March 2014.

In October 2013, the company changed its name from GB Oil and - for purposes of clarity - we’re using its new name here.

When it announced its rebrand, Certas Energy UK reported that it had previously been limited in its ability to promote the GB Oils brand due to trademark restrictions.

Indeed, its management maintained that its name change is indicative of the further strong growth it continues to target.

Through organic growth and a number of acquisitions the business has grown into the largest independent fuel and lubricants distributor in Britain.

The new brand has been designed to reflect "the ambition, customer offering and size of the company".

Following the rebrand, Certas Energy has been serving GB Oils’ commercial, domestic, retail, agricultural, marine and aviation customers.

The Certas business consists of 150 branded depots and nearly 1,000 tankers with more than 2,500 employees.

What's more, it supplies more than six billion litres of oil nationwide each year.

Speaking at the time of the rebrand, Paul Vian, managing director of Certas Energy, said: “Over recent years, the business has experienced a successful period of growth as well as a number of acquisitions and we felt that, in the process, we evolved into something more than the GB Oils brand.

"Our core values remain unchanged but we’ve refreshed the company with a new and exciting brand identity that we feel more accurately reflects what we’re about as a business – our ambition and our dedication to the customers and markets we serve.”

Certas also supplies fuel to approximately 1,600 retail forecourts consisting of its own "Gulf" and "Pace" brands as well as independent branded retailers.

In December 2013, Certas Energy announced a "preferred supplier" arrangement with supermarket chain Londis.


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Global engineering to project management company AMEC finished 2014 on an upward trajectory with the successful acquisition of competitor Foster Wheeler.

The Knutsford-headquartered group - which employs 29,000 people in around 40 countries - bought a 95.3% controlling interest in Foster Wheeler on November 13 last year.

The group’s reported results and cash flows for 2014 therefore incorporate Foster Wheeler’s results – but only for the last seven weeks of the year

This January, it also acquired the remaining 4.7% interest in Foster Wheeler.

Revenue for 2014 was broadly unchanged from the previous year at £3,993m.

Interestingly, sales declined by £175m in the Americas and by £108mn in Europe - but increased by £54m in other parts of the world.

Revenue from oil and gas was down 13%, mining was down 14% and engineering and installation down 3% - but revenue from clean energy was up 11%.

Revenue in all markets was adversely affected by the strength of sterling particularly against the US dollar.

Foster Wheeler contributed £274m to the group’s revenue during the last seven weeks of the year following its acquisition in November 2014.

Commenting on the results for 2014, chief executive Samir Brikho, said: “I am pleased to report that we have delivered 2014 results in line with expectations.

"Looking ahead, I believe our low-risk, multi-market model combined with the additional benefits from our integration and cost savings programmes, is a strong platform from which to create long-term value for shareholders.”

Foster Wheeler has more than 13,000 staff in more than 30 countries, including in Aberdeen and its operational headquarters in Reading.

Foster Wheeler was formed in 1927 from a merger of two companies based in the United States - the Power Specialty Company and the Wheeler Condenser and Engineering Company, whose roots go back to 1891.

5. Guardian Assurance

Lancashire-based specialist life assurance group Guardian Assurance - which is part of Guardian Financial Services - witnessed a 51% increase in market consistent embedded value in the 12 months to December 2014.

Guardian is a specialist life assurance group which provides capital release solutions to banks and insurers looking to divest European life assurance assets.

The company can trace its roots back to 1821 and currently manages approximately £18bn of assets on behalf of 695,000 customers in Britain and Ireland.

The Lytham St Annes-registered company continued with its strategy to acquire closed life assurance assets throughout 2014.

In July 2014, Guardian agreed to acquire £1.7bn of pension annuities-in-payment from The Phoenix Group.

The transaction follows Guardian’s 2013 agreement to acquire Ark Life and its £2.56bn of assets from AIB and £5bn of annuities-in-payment in its first transaction with Phoenix in 2012.

Announcing last year's results in May, executive chairman Ian Owen, said: “I’m pleased to report another strong set of results for Guardian Financial Services.

"We continue to focus on high standards of service, whilst also increasing customer numbers and operational efficiencies through the acquisition of European closed book life assurance assets.

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"With the continued application of our unique approach to future acquisitions to our robust and scalable platform, we are confident that we will continue to create additional value for policyholders and shareholders over time.”

6. European Metal Recycling

Family-run metal recycling company EMR is best known in Merseyside for the "mountains of scrap" that sit on the docks as they wait to be exported to destinations across the world.

But last November, EMR opened its first “local” depot in Liverpool to provide a "welcoming environment" to the general public.

The former Veolia site has undergone massive improvement work to ensure the depot meets the needs of anyone with scrap metal to weigh in.

It’s also picked and trained a “friendly” onsite team to provide a positive experience for its customers, including an efficient service and a quick turnaround on site.

A spokesperson said: "We’re excited about opening this new depot in Liverpool. We’ve had a good experience in the city with our dockside location and have been looking to open our doors at the new location to a much wider customer base for some time now."

Nonetheless, the Warrington-headquartered group saw its total turnover fall by 11.75% to £2.809bn in the year to the end of December 2013

EMR was founded by Phillip Sheppard, who started his career in scrap metal in Rochdale in the 1960s.

EMR was formed in 1994 when Mr Sheppard merged his Sheppard Group with Cooper Holdings.

When Mr Sheppard died in August 2011, his son Chris subsequently became EMR’s chief executive.

EMR employs more than 4,000 staff around the world from yard operatives, logistics experts, mobile plant operatives to buyers, traders, business development managers and much more.

It has more than 150 sites globally with more than 70 in Britain.

Its international head office – named Sirius House - is located in Warrington and is the base for more than 100 employees carrying out a variety of roles including IT, marketing and communications, shipping, accounts and HR.

In recent years, EMR has continued to grow its operations and – in February this year - it opened a new Sheffield EMR metal recycling yard in Halfway.

7. Iceland

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From pizzas baked in the wood-fired ovens of Meduna, Northern Italy, to gelato made by a family in Verona...

Iceland is proving that “the power of frozen” will ensure its continued success.

In the year to the end of March 2014, Deeside-based Iceland saw its total sales increase by 2.7% to £2.711bn from £2.640bn in 2013 on a like-for-like basis.

The company also opened 43 new stores in Britain with the creation of 1,500 new jobs.

It was also a significant year for the business because it launched its new online shopping service which was simultaneously rolled out to 280 stores.

During the year, the company also increased its footprint overseas.

Iceland chairman and chief executive Malcolm Walker said: "This has been a year of major investment for Iceland both at home and overseas.

"In the UK we accelerated our expansion programme with the opening of 46 new stores and also rolled out our online shopping offer to 280 stores.

"Overseas we began to serve important new export markets in South Africa and the Middle East, acquired the formerly franchised Iceland stores in the Republic of Ireland and opened two additional stores in the Czech Republic.

"We were also delighted to regain our title as the “Best Big Company To Work For in the UK”.

This was also the second full year of trading after Iceland's founder Malcolm Walker bought the business back.

It had previously been placed up for sale by administrators of the collapsed Icelandic banks Landsbanki and Glitnir.

Walker subsequently teamed up with other investors including DFS sofa chain boss Graham Kirkham and also received £860m bank funding to make the purchase.

He had founded the company in Oswestry, in Shropshire, in 1970 but moved its head office to Deeside in 1979.

8. Lookers

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Car dealership Lookers delivered its sixth successive year of growth in 2014.

In the full year ending December 31, 2014, Trafford-based Lookers saw its sales leap by 19.8% to £2.46bn while its pre-tax profits were £43.9m.

Lookers’ motor division consists of 123 franchised dealerships representing 32 marques at 77 locations.

The business generates revenue from the sale of new and used cars and after sales, which are vehicle servicing and repair together with the sale of franchise parts.

When Andy Bruce, chief executive, announced the results earlier this year, he said: “We have delivered another strong trading performance in 2014, our sixth year of successive profit growth.

"The motor division has produced an excellent result and the parts division has made good progress, delivering a strong performance in improving but competitive market conditions.

"Lookers is well placed to take advantage of future growth in the new and used car markets as well as increased demand for after sales and parts.

"This gives us further confidence that we can continue to grow the business in 2015.”

Earlier this year, Lookers announced that it is currently looking to become more "energy efficient".

It is installing biomass heating and cooling throughout the group's operations while also installing solar panels to provide energy in Northern Ireland.

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9. Kerling

Chemicals giant Ineos Group, which is part of the Kerling Group, operates chemicals facilities across Britain - including those at Runcorn

One of the world's largest chemical companies, Ineos is a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, speciality chemicals and oil products.

Its accounts to the end of 2013 show that the business had sales of £2.131bn.

And it just keeps getting bigger.

This summer, the Anglo-Swiss company announced that its Ineos ChlorVinyls division has become part of a joint venture called Inovyn in a merger with European heavyweight Solvay following European Commission approval.

Solvay has received an up-front cash payment of €150m – subject to customary adjustments such as actual working capital levels.

In addition to contributing their entire European chlorovinyl business Solvay has transferred liabilities estimated at €260m into the joint venture.

In three years’ time, Solvay will exit Inovyn and receive an extra, performance-based payment targeted to be €280m, with a minimum of €95m.

Thereafter, Ineos will be the sole owner of the business.

Now headquartered in London, Inovyn has pro-forma sales of more than €3bn, with 4,300 employees and assets across 18 sites in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Governance of the joint venture is equally split between the two companies.

As part of the process to gain approval from the European Commission, Ineos had to sell several of its assets including its ethylene dichloride operation in Runcorn, which was sold to ICIG.

Jim Ratcliffe, Ineos chairman, said: “The Inovyn joint venture combines two businesses with a strong heritage in the chlorovinyls industry, creating a company fit to thrive in an ever-changing business environment.

“This is now truly a world-scale business, well placed to respond rapidly to customer needs in a challenging, competitive market.”

10. Shop Direct

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Shop Direct Holdings - which is Britain's largest online retailer as well as being the country's largest home shopping company – continued to grow in 2014.

March UK is the holding company of the former Littlewoods business which is based in Speke, Merseyside.

It was bought by the Barclay brothers for £750m from the Moores family in 2002 in a bid to create a digital age, multi-channel retail operation.

But - by common consensus - the company was subsequently hit by the consumer downturn.

Nonetheless, it grew by 2.7% in the year to the end of June 2014 recording sales of £1.743bn.

And this growth is widely predicted to continue over the coming year.

It can now give customers a fully personalised homepage at its flagship brand Very.co.uk, in what is understood to be a retail first.

The group said the breakthrough is a major step towards its goal of building the world’s most personalised digital stores, which will give customers an easier shopping experience.

Personalisation initiatives are expected to add more than £20m in sales at Shop Direct in its current financial year.

The retailer has achieved this cutting-edge level of personalisation by harnessing its wealth of customer data.

Its dedicated team of data scientists have developed a system to predict customer behaviour and tailor the homepage with targeted products and offers.

Group chief executive Alex Baldock said: “We know that relevance wins in retail and right now customers are drowning in a sea of irrelevant choices.

“We’re making it easier for them to shop by tailoring our websites for them.

“This is the digital equivalent of Selfridges laying out their Oxford Street store for each shopper.”

He added: “We’ve set ourselves an ambitious target to build the world’s best personalised shopping experience – this is a major step towards that goal.”

11. United Utilities

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United Utilities is both Britain's largest listed water utility as well as being the North West's only FTSE 100-listed firm.

Based in Warrington, the company provides water and wastewater services to nearly seven million people in the region.

On a daily basis, it treats and delivers nearly 2,000 million litres of water.

In the year to March 31, 2014, the company saw its revenues and profits rise as it reaped the benefits of customer price increases.

In its full year results, United Utilities reported revenues of £1.7bn, up from £1.64bn, with underlying pre-tax profits roughly up 10% to £390m.

It subsequently attributed its rising revenues and profits to "a year of investment" as well as the 4% regulated price increase for 2013/14.

United Utilities said it had invested around £836m during the financial period, which saw the group improve the region’s water network. It added it would be ploughing a further £800m into upgrades this year.

Chief executive Steve Mogford said: “Customer satisfaction continues to improve, underpinned by strong operational and environmental performance, and we believe there is scope to deliver further improvements.

“We are continuing to improve the quality, reliability and resilience of our assets and increased capital investment in our network to £836m this year.

"We are reinvesting around £280m of our outperformance, providing benefits for customers and the environment.

“We have been building our retail capability over the last two years and have rapidly secured a position as the second largest water retailer in Scotland.

“Our experience in Scotland will place the company in a strong position, in advance of full opening of the English market for business customers in 2017."

12. Princes

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Liverpool food and drink group Princes saw its sales drop slightly to £1.62bn from £1.74bn in the year to March 31, 2014, according to its latest accounts.

Nonetheless, Princes remains the country’s largest supplier of canned food.

The company currently operates 15 production sites and employs more than 8,000 people.

Over the past five years it has acquired two major canned food production sites in East Anglia and formed a new company in Italy that operates one of the most modern and efficient tomato processing, canning and packing sites in Europe.

Its recent programme of brand investment and development included the re-launch of the Crosse & Blackwell brand with a range of canned soup and vegetable products sold in supermarkets and convenience stores across the UK.

Earlier this year, Princes merged one of its subsidiaries with the second largest tuna processor in Mauritius.

The new operation, created through a merger between Princes Tuna (Mauritius) and Thon des Mascareignes (TdM), will operate two processing sites and generate around £256m in annual sales.

Princes has become the majority shareholder of the newly merged organisation, which will continue to trade as Princes Tuna (Mauritius).

The new company’s scale will enable it to continue to drive long-term sustainability initiatives in the Indian Ocean region and strengthen its position in the global tuna market.

13. Bibby Line Group

Liverpool-based Bibby Line Group's diverse range of services and products has enabled it to steer a profitable path in recent years.

Its global interests range from shipping, marine services and logistics through to financial services, offshore services and retailing.

Its website even shows that its portfolio includes a woodland burials business.

In the year to the end of December 2013, the group grew revenues 13% to £1.592bn - up from £1.408bn in the previous year.

The strong performance was driven substantially by its offshore business, where a buoyant North Sea oil industry created strong demand for its fleet of diving support and remotely operated vessels.

During the year, several long-term contracts were signed with customers including Centrica Energy, Maersk Oil UK and Talisman.

Revenues at the division increased 26% to £263.5m, making it the second largest income generator after the retail services division - and the most profitable.

The retail business, which includes Costcutter, increased total sales 20% to £806.7m as the owned and managed stores increased to 2,500 with the inclusion of the MACE franchise acquired from Palmer and Harvey during the year.

Sir Michael Bibby, managing director, said: "Some exceptional performances helped the group deliver record sales, cash generation and profit during the year, despite challenging conditions in some of our business areas.

"A number of strategic initiatives and operational improvements underway across the business have already begun to pay dividends in the current year, whilst the conditions in our offshore and specialist marine divisions continue to provide a strong tail-wind.

"We therefore expect to see a more balanced contribution across the group in the year ahead, whilst the effects of a broader economic recovery should create further momentum in many of our markets."

14. Radius Payment Solutions

UK FUELS was founded in 1990 by former ESSO Petroleum executive Bill Holmes.

The company has been growing rapidly ever since by supplying fuel cards and associated services direct to customers as well as major international oil companies.

During the same period, the evolving group extended its geographical coverage - initially to Ireland in 1996 and then into mainland Europe in 2004.

In March 2013, Holmes led a merger of over 20 European Fuel Card companies and resellers to form Radius Payment Solutions which describes itself as "a new major player in the European fuel card market".

Radius now has 17 offices in 11 countries and manages 2.75 billion litres of fuel each year.

Fuel cards allow company car and van drivers to purchase fuel at pre-agreed prices from certain garages while also helping their accounts departments manage their tax returns.

In Radius's first full year of trading, the company had sales of £1.583bn which was up by 23% on the previous year.

15. Marlowe Holdings

Marlowe Holdings is the holding company of the giant Cheshire-based electrical products distributor Edmundson Electrical.

The company is privately owned by the US-based Blackfriars Corporation which is controlled by the Chicago-based Colburn family which owns plastics and electrical distribution companies worldwide.

The latest figures for the year ending 2013 show that the company's sales rose by 1.4% to £1.554bn while its pre-tax profits dropped 14.04% to £67.41m.

The company was incorporated in 1948 and is based in Knutsford, Cheshire.

In July 2011, Edmundson Electrical entered into an agreement to purchase the Electric Center business from Wolseley UK.

Electric Center operates nationally from 84 locations and has become a separate division within Edmundson Electrical

The company was founded in 1801 by Joshua Edmundson and subsequently became one of the first suppliers of electricity.

It is now acknowledged to be the leading distributor of electrical equipment to both trade and industry in the UK.

Edmundson Electrical operates from 250 sites nationwide and has more than 3,000 staff.

In April this year, Edmundson Electrical announced that its Greentech division had been appointed the sole distributor in Britain for Sharp Solar’s award winning PV modules.

16. Bentley

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North west luxury car manufacturer Bentley witnessed sales soar by 21% in 2013 - ensuring that it remained in the North West's Top 20 companies for the second consecutive year.

In total, the company delivered 10,120 cars which was the highest figure in Bentley’s 95-year history, against 8,510 in 2012.

The Americas continued its impressive performance and number one market position, while Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe - particularly Germany and Britain - posted substantial gains over the previous year.

Bentley's global sales network also increased by 11% to 193 showrooms.

Speaking at the time of the results, Bentley’s chairman and chief executive, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, said: “2013 marks our fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth, establishing ourselves as the most sought after luxury car brand in the world.

"We continue to win new customers and people all over the world love the unique combination of luxury and performance of our cars.”

Schreiber added that new models were critical to this success.

In 2013, Bentley launched the new Flying Spur, the fastest and most powerful Bentley four-door model ever.

In the final four months of 2013, with full availability of the new model, Bentley delivered 2,005 Flying Spurs to customers.

Deliveries also began for Bentley’s open-top performance flagship model - the Continental GT Speed Convertible.

Bentley’s success was driven by increases across all model lines.

The company prides itself on combining "fine craftsmanship" with "skills that have been handed down through generations" alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology.

17. B&M

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Retailer B&M smashed through the £1bn turnover barrier for the first time in the year to March 2014.

From its first store in Blackpool, Lancashire, B&M has grown to more than 450 stores.

And this figure is constantly increasing as the company - which is now headquartered in Speke, Merseyside - continues to open at least one store a week.

Its recipe for success is based on selling top branded products at the lowest possible price.

The formula appears to be working with more than 2.5m customers walking through its doors every week.

In the year to March 2014, the company had sales of £1.351bn which was up by 44% on the previous year's sales.

B&M's parent company is Firesource and the business is owned by the Arora brothers.

The company has previously stated that its ongoing success in opening new stores is one of the best "key performance indicators" about its success.

The business, which employs more than 17,000 staff, is targeting a portfolio of 850 UK stores.

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B&M floated on the stock exchange last June, which included a capital restructure involving finance costs of £58.2m.

But the group subsequently said it continues to be “strongly cash generative”.

Last April, B&M also acquired an 80% stake in the German business of Jawoll and subsequently reported that its integration was proceeding according to plan.

18. Exertis UK

Exertis is one of Europe’s largest and fastest growing technology distribution and specialist service providers.

Headquartered in Accrington, it partners with 350 global technology brands and more than 14,000 resellers, e-commerce operators and retailers across Europe.

The most recent financial year to 31st March 2014, shows that Exertis (UK) had a turnover of £1.339bn and grew by 58.67%.

In Britain, the Exertis businesses has operated under the following brand names: Exertis Advent; Exertis Gem; Exertis Micro-P; and Exertis MSE.

In France, it's Exertis Banque Magnetique and Exertis Comtrade while operating as Exertis GO Connect in the Netherlands and Belgium.

In addition Exertis’ supply chain services company and Exertis Ztorm, the digital content distribution network, provide further specialist services worldwide.

These companies have recently begun operating under the single brand name, Exertis.

The company's website states: "This name reflects our energy, drive and ambition and our commitment to going the extra mile to make things happen for our customer and vendor partners.

"Our new name is an important step in redefining our position and helping our customer and vendor partners gain access to an improved range of services and opportunities which will help drive their businesses forward.

"We are committed to exceeding expectations through best in class customer care and have 30 years of successful relationships to prove it.

"Our scale and knowledge, combined with our experience across the technology sector, enables us to continue to innovate and deliver market leading services for our partners."

Exertis is part of DCC, a FTSE 250 company, specialising in international sales, marketing, distribution and business support services, employing over 9,500 people worldwide with an annual turnover of in excess of £10.5bn.

19. JD Sports Fashion

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JD Sports Fashion has continued its run of good form after reporting a rise in revenues and profits as a result of a strong performance from its sports arm.

The group, which has more than 800 outlets in four countries, reported pre-tax profits of £57.9m for the financial year to the start of February 2014 - a 5% compared with the previous year.

That’s on revenues of £1.33bn which had risen by 5.69%.

The Bury-based retailer reported strong sales in its “sport” division which includes JD and Size?, with revenues up 20% from £77.9m to £93.4m.

The growth in profitability within "sport" came from a strong performance in its UK and Ireland stores.

JD has said that it hopes to replicate this success across its new international territories including Spain, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

It said the turnaround of its “outdoor” business was now progressing with combined Blacks and Millets stores delivering a breakeven result - before exceptional items - in the second half compared to a loss of £4.9m in the second half of the previous year.

However, JD had a difficult year in fashion with operating losses - before exceptional items - increasing to £6.4m, up from losses of £1.7m in 2013.

The losses have largely come from its Bank business. A new managing director was appointed to Bank last July to drive the brand’s turnaround.

Peter Cowgill, executive chairman, said: “I am delighted to report that our core sports fascias - JD and Size? - delivered another year of substantial progress.

"It is particularly pleasing that they have produced a record result in our core markets in the UK and Ireland.

"These businesses continue to provide the foundation for profit and expansion in the group.

"We have also seen very positive developments for our Sport fascias in Europe.

“I am encouraged that the Blacks and Millets business achieved a significant improvement in the second half of the year and we expect continued progress in the new financial year.

“The group continues to be well positioned with its retail proposition, increased financial resources and extensive management experience to take advantage of opportunities both in the UK and internationally."

20. TJ Morris

TJ Morris - trading as Home Bargains - saw sales rocket by 20.68% to £1.277bn in the year to June 2014.

The Liverpool-based business has witnessed exponential growth in recent years as shoppers increasingly look for value-for-money products.

The company, which is one of the UK’s fastest growing discount retailers, saw its pre-tax profits rise to £124.759m over the same period.

The company now has more than 320 stores throughout the UK and plans to expand to 700.

Home Bargains offers a wide range of products and brands including: health and beauty; food; toys and games; household; clothing; sweets, snacks, drinks and alcohol; as well as its own range of affordable "home style".

The growth over the past year is attributed to like-for-like sales from existing stores as well as the sales boost from new outlets.

TJ Morris is also continuing to grow, expanding its head office with more warehouse and distribution space alongside offices and staff facilities.

The chain was founded by Tom Morris 30 years ago when he opened his first store in Old Swan, Liverpool.

It is understood that Morris is still the company's largest shareholder.

21. Matalan Retail

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Homewares to fashion retailer Matalan has marked its 30th anniversary with a move to multimillion pound new premises.

It relocated from Skelmersdale to a new head office and warehousing facility in Knowsley Business Park.

But in the year to the end of March 2014, the company's sales dropped slightly by 0.22% to £1,222bn.

And over the same period, its profits before tax also fell by 35% to £11.4m.

Family-owned Matalan was founded by John Hargreaves, a former stallholder at Liverpool’s Great Homer Street market.

The first Matalan store was opened in Preston in 1985.

Today, the group has more than 200 stores in the UK, a growing online business and seven overseas franchise stores.

Last year, the company raised almost £500m in new loans from the financial markets.

22. Fircroft

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Earlier this summer engineering recruitment firm Fircroft announced that it had agreed a refinancing deal worth £105m with a syndicate of three British banks.

The deal has been made in order to provide additional funding to support further global organic growth and joint venture investments over the next few years.

Stuart Hall, chief financial officer, commented at the time: “Fircroft has expanded considerably in recent years by building and maintaining long-term relationships.

"This refinancing provides us with a flexible facility to fund investment and expansion."

And all the indications are that the Warrington-headquartered company is flourishing.

In the year to the end of August 2014, Fircroft saw its turnover rise by 18.4% to £1.063m.

Fircroft was founded in 1970 providing recruitment services to oil and gas companies operating in the North Sea.

The company is now recognised to be one of the world's leading providers of technical recruitment services.

Fircroft was formed by John Johnson, who remains on the board of directors today.

John's son Jonathan is now the CEO of Fircroft and is driving the continued global growth of Fircroft's operations.

23. Phoenix Healthcare Distribution

Business remains in robust health at Phoenix Healthcare Distribution - despite a slight fall in turnover.

The Runcorn-headquartered company - which supplies pharmacies, GPs and hospitals - reported sales for the year to January 2013 of £972m - down 1.2% on the previous year.

Nonetheless, its pre-tax profits increased 8.65%% to £32.7m.

Phoenix’s ultimate parent, German group Phoenix Pharmahandel, moved into the UK in 1998 with the purchase of then Wrexham-based pharmacy chain L Rowland & Co and Birmingham firm Philip Harris Medical.

It went on to buy several regional wholesalers and combined them into one group, Phoenix Healthcare Distribution, on Runcorn’s Whitehouse Industrial Estate.

It operates 15 depots across the UK and employs more than 1,600 people with around 300 involved in administration and sales and the rest involved in distribution.

Phoenix also owns the Numark community pharmacy membership organisation.

Today, there are some 2,600 Numark-branded pharmacists across the UK.

Phoenix Healthcare took a £37m hit in 2007 when drugs giant Pfizer chose to switch to a model called “direct to pharmacy”.

Under that model, manufacturers enter into contracts with certain wholesalers to deliver products to pharmacies on their behalf, missing out general wholesalers.

24. Redrow

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Housebuilder Redrow marked its 40th anniversary year with record sales and pre-tax profits.

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The Deeside-based builders' revenues rose 43% to £864.5m driven by a 27% increase in legal completions and a 13% increase in Average Selling Price to £239,500.

In the year to the end of June 2014, the company also recorded pre-tax profits of £132.6m - up 89% on the previous year.

The company has attributed some of its success to the government's Help to Buy scheme which represented 35% of private completions.

When Steve Morgan, chairman of Redrow announced the results last year, he said: “November 2014 marks the 40th anniversary since I founded Redrow, therefore it is quite fitting that I am able to report a significant increase in turnover and pre-tax profits, both of which are a record for the Group.

"The number of homes we built has increased by 27% and as a consequence of this ongoing growth, the number of people we employ has risen by 21%.

"Whilst this is clear evidence of the success of our strategy it also shows the positive impact of the government’s Help to Buy Scheme.

"Market conditions have returned to a more seasonal pattern of activity.

"We have substantially increased our land bank, which should see a good growth in the number of outlets during the year.

"This, combined with our strong order book, leaves me confident that the group will see another year of significant progress.”

25. PZ Cussons

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Soap to shampoo manufacturing giant PZ Cussons - the firm behind the Imperial Leather brand - delivered profits of £115million in the year to the end of May 2014 - a 7% rise on the previous year.

Nonetheless, PZ Cussons' revenues dropped 2.5% to £861.4m because of weakening currencies.

The Manchester-based company employs more than 300 people, around 200 at its head office near the airport and 100 at its Agecroft factory.

The company is behind such household brands: Original Source, Carex and St Tropez.

Announcing the results chairman Richard Harvey said the performance had been “strong”.

He also revealed a 5% dividend growth, the group's 41st year of consecutive year-on-year increases.

He said: "During the year we acquired Rafferty's Garden, an Australian children's food business, and sold our Polish Home Care brands as we continue to seek to focus the business on areas we perceive have particularly high growth potential and where we can add substantial value.

"The acquisition of Rafferty's Garden marked our entry into the Asian Food and Nutrition category, a sector we believe is particularly exciting and where we are developing plans for further growth.

"Having disposed of the Polish Home Care brands we are now focussing on the Personal Care and Beauty business in that region."

He added: "Our balance sheet remains strong and we have the appetite to pursue further investment opportunities which fit our strategic aims."

PZ Cussons said the currencies worst affected were the Australian Dollar, Indonesian Rupiah and the Ghanaian Cedi.

The group said the UK operation, which also employs around 100 in London, had performed well with Kate Moss helping to grow sales of the St Tropez tanning brand since becoming a brand ambassador.

In its African market PZ Cussons' operating profits increased while there was revenue and profit boosts in Asia.

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26. N Brown

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HOME shopping giant N Brown Group made record profits in the year to the end of March 2014.

In the 12 months to March 1, 2014, N Brown posted revenues of £834.9m, up from £787.4m the year before.

It also grew its profits to £97.3m.

The Manchester-based retailer is currently pushing to increase its total sales from the internet to 70% by 2017

In America - where its revenues increased by 21% to £10m - N Brown is focusing on the “fashion focused larger size female” with its Simply Be brand.

Chief executive Angela Spindler said 4.5 million orders were made online in the 12 month accounting period - meaning N Brown is the number one online retailer for plus size fashion with more than seven million customers.

Reporting on her first full year as N Brown Group's chief executive, Spindler said: “We are an ex-mail order business and we are migrating to be a multi-channel business where customers can order through a call centre, online and in stores.

“Despite online being our main sales generator catalogues are a very important tool.

"We don’t want online to be 100% of our sales.

"But we have a target of 70% online participation by 2017 as it’s the way people are shopping with mobile devices and tablets fuelling it - 40% of our web traffic comes from these devices.”

N Brown is also continuing with its programme of planned store opening to increase its presence on British high streets.

27. Invista Textiles

Invista Textiles specialises in the manufacture of a range of speciality fabrics which are now sold and used around the world.

The company owns a stable of nylons, spandex, polyester and speciality fabrics which are used in the manufacture of clothing, carpets, cars, computers and much more.

Some of the brand names in the Manchester-registered company's ownership include: LYCRA®, STAINMASTER®, COOLMAX® and THERMOLITE®.

In 2013, the company's sales dropped by 7.81%% to £799.552m while its profits rose by 32.23% to £42.596m.

It operates four global businesses that serve many industries with value-added chemical, polymer and fibre products.

The Invista Apparel business works with leading fashion designers, brand houses, retailers and mills across the world to ensure that some of its innovative branded synthetic fibres including LYCRA®, COOLMAX®, and TACTEL® are used.

Invista Apparel is also recognised to be a leader in extensive ranges of swimwear, active wear, leg wear and "career" suits.

Invista's "Performance Surfaces and Materials" business - which includes the brand STAINMASTER® - manufactures carpet fibres and branded “fibrefill” which is used as stuffing in furniture as well as sheets, pillows and comforters.

The company's "Intermediates" business produces chemical components which are used across numerous markets.

For example, its nylon products are put to a wide range of end uses such as corrosion inhibitors, paint strippers, adhesives, skate wheels, asphalt, fragrances, hand cleaners, pharmaceuticals, agricultural products, water treatment chemicals and many more.

Invista's "Polymer and Resins" business includes a range of resin products - such as polyethylene terephthalate PET - which are used in packaging applications for soft drinks, water, beer, juice and food among other products.

28. Kellogg's

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Kellogg's is the world's most successful breakfast cereal manufacturing company.

Headquartered at Trafford Park in Manchester, it employs around 600 people in a variety of roles including: engineering; food safety; maintenance and technical services.

In 2013, it saw its turnover increase by 29.38% to £795.549m while its pre-tax profits also increased by 18.67% to £19.154m.

The company imports many thousands of tonnes of cereals and grains each year through the Port of Liverpool and along the Manchester Ship Canal.

Kellogg’s began in 1906 when William Keith Kellogg filed the papers that officially incorporated the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flakes Company.

The popularity of this new "corn flake" cereal - discovered almost by accident in 1878 - encouraged him to set up the Kellogg company.

In 1906, Kellogg decided to risk a proportion of his capital on his first advertising campaign with spectacular results.

One full page advert in the Ladies' Home Journal boosted sales to 2,900 cases per day and by 1909 the small company in Battle Creek was producing more than one million cases a year.

And the rest - as they say - is history.

29. McBride

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Shampoo to mouthwash maker McBride saw a decline in revenues following a fall in UK sales.

McBride supplies private label household and personal care items to retailers across Europe.

The company - which has its headquarters and main manufacturing plant in Middleton, Greater Manchester, where it employs 800 staff - saw revenues for the year to June 30, 2014, fall 2.3% to £744.2m, down from £761.4m.

McBride is Europe’s largest manufacturer of private label household and personal care products and supplies over 95% of Europe’s top retailers.

At the time it announced the results, the group said it continued to see strong growth in Germany and Poland - with Germany benefiting from business wins and Poland from increasing private label orders.

In the year, it successfully secured further debt facilities of £55.9m ($90m) from two US Private Placements.

The group’s balance sheet remains strong with committed headroom of £96.4m.

Speaking at the time, Chris Bull, chief executive, said: “We have experienced sustained branded promotional activity that has mainly impacted the performance of our UK business, and we are taking appropriate actions as announced in the fourth quarter to restructure our UK business to improve profitability.

"Our principal objective for the forthcoming year is to improve profitability in the UK, whilst continuing to drive strong profitable growth in Central and Eastern Europe.

“Trading since the year end is in line with expectations. We can expect an improvement in group performance following the actions being taken in the UK.

“The scale of this improvement remains dependent on the extent of branded promotional activity and demand in the UK retail sector.”

30. TNT UK

Parcel delivery service TNT UK witnessed its revenues and profits fall in 2013.

The Bury-based business - which is part of TNT Express - had sales of £742.88m in 2013.

Over the same period, it made a pre-tax loss of £6.413m.

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But TNT UK's Greater Manchester operations receive boost in the September of 2013 when another division of the company - TNT Post - chose this city region as the first place outside of London to launch its new delivery service.

It currently processed post at 11 new offices across the region and delivering parcels and letters to all homes and businesses with an ‘M’ postcode.

More than 1,200 jobs - ranging from ‘posties’, who will get about on TNT-branded bikes, to back office sorting staff – have been created.


Who are the biggest employers in the North East? ›

The largest North East sectors

In 2021, health was the largest employer in the North East LEP area among the 19 broad industry groups. It had employment of 121,000, while the next largest four sectors each had employment of 76,000 to 86,000: education; retail; manufacturing; and accommodation and food services.

How many businesses are there in the North West? ›

Number of companies in region North West is 902,646, which is 10.0% of all 9,008,432 companies in UK. North West is ranked 3th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 30/09/2022.

Who is the biggest employers in Chester? ›

  • Bank of America. 4.0★ 36K. Reviews. 705. Salaries. ...
  • McDonald's. 3.5★ 103.9K. Reviews. 10.2K. Salaries. ...
  • Tesco. 3.7★ 21.6K. Reviews. 7.2K. Salaries. ...
  • NHS. 3.8★ 9.6K. Reviews. 5.2K. Salaries. ...
  • Sainsbury's. 3.6★ 12.3K. Reviews. 4K. ...
  • Marks & Spencer. 3.7★ 7.8K. Reviews. 2.2K. ...
  • Lloyds Banking Group. 3.9★ 5.2K. Reviews. 2.4K. ...
  • HSBC. 3.8★ 24.8K. Reviews. 2.5K.

How many FTSE 100 companies are there in Manchester? ›

80 of the FTSE 100 companies have offices in Manchester.

Who is the single largest employer? ›

United States Department of Defense

Who are the top 5 employers in America? ›

Employment by company
United States-based largest private employers
RankEmployerGlobal number of employees
1Walmart, Inc.2,300,000
2Amazon.com, Inc.1,608,000
3Allied Universal800,000
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What are 5 local businesses? ›

Let's have a look at these 10 types of local businesses, which are pretty common yet profitable in the United States.
  • Restaurants. There is no denying the fact that Americans LOVE to eat. ...
  • Massage Therapy Spas. ...
  • Toy Shops. ...
  • 4. Cafe/Coffee Spot. ...
  • Fashion Boutique/Clothing Store. ...
  • Comic Book/Novelty Store. ...
  • Hair/Nail Salons. ...
  • Pet Shops.
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What is the biggest company in North America? ›


What does North West company own? ›

The North West Company owns and operates five (5) Giant Tiger stores in Western Canada.

Who is the largest employer in Halifax? ›

The Department of National Defence is the single largest employer and Halifax Harbour continues to serve a major military purpose as the Atlantic Ocean home port for the Royal Canadian Navy. CFB Halifax is Canada's largest naval base and the nation's largest military base in number of personnel.

What is the poshest part of Chester? ›

Curzon Park boasts some of the most beautiful properties in Chester especially the ones with gardens running down to the river.

Is Chester a rich city? ›

It is said that Chester is the richest city in Britain in terms of archaeological and architectural treasures. One of the finest strategic outposts of the Roman Empire, it is one of the few walled cities left in Britain today.

What is the richest company in England? ›

2021 Global Database list
RankNameRevenue (billions GBP£)
4Rio Tinto Group52.0
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What is the UK's fastest growing company? ›


What is the most famous company in England? ›

Top UK companies
CompanyMarket cap
1Unilever (ULVR)£106.55bn
2AstraZeneca (AZN)£99.26bn
3HSBC (HSBA)£89.95bn
4Rio Tinto (RIO)£76.79bn
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Who is the largest employer in the world 2022? ›

At the top of the ranking for the world's largest employers is India's Ministry of Defence. Combining active service personnel, reservists and civilian staff, the total headcount comes to 2.99 million - a touch ahead of the United States equivalent, the Department of Defense.

Who is Earth's Best employer? ›

In his farewell letter to shareholders last year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced a new mission for his company: “Earth's best employer and Earth's safest place to work.” The company has since added these goals to its list of corporate values.

Who is the biggest private employer in the world? ›

The U.S. also leads the world with the largest private employer - Walmart, which has 2.2 million employees globally and 1.3 million in the United States according to the company's website. Walmart operates 11,000 stores in 28 countries.

What is the #1 job in America? ›

Here are the best jobs of 2022:

Physician Assistant. Medical and Health Services Manager. Software Developer. Data Scientist.

Where is the best place to work? ›

The best places to work in 2022, ranked
  1. NVIDIA. Getty Images. Headquarters: Santa Clara, California.
  2. HubSpot. Getty Images. ...
  3. Bain & Company. Bain & Company. ...
  4. eXp Realty. eXp Realty. ...
  5. 5. Box. Getty Images. ...
  6. Boston Consulting Group. Boston Consulting Group. ...
  7. Google. Getty Images. ...
  8. Veterans United Home Loans. Veterans United Home Loans. ...
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What is the most popular work in USA? ›

The top three most common jobs in America are retail sales representatives, office clerks, and registered nurses. Some of the most common jobs in America only require a high school diploma or GED, while others require at least a bachelor's degree.

What are top 10 businesses? ›

The Top 10
  • 1Walmart.
  • 2Amazon.
  • 3Apple.
  • 4CVS Health.
  • 5UnitedHealth Group.
  • 6Exxon Mobil.
  • 7Berkshire Hathaway.
  • 8Alphabet.

What are the top 10 most successful small businesses? ›

Check out this list of the most profitable small businesses.
  1. Business Consulting. If you're an expert in your industry and have been working at it for years, you should consider consulting. ...
  2. IT Support, Technology Consulting, and Repair. ...
  3. Cleaning Services. ...
  4. Accounting and Tax Preparation. ...
  5. Auto Repair. ...
  6. Real Estate.

What are top 10 small businesses? ›

Top 10 Startup and Small Business Ideas to Try in 2022
  1. Cleaning service. Consider starting a cleaning business if you don't mind doing the dirty work others cannot do for themselves. ...
  2. Freelance Writing Business. ...
  3. Amazon Kindle Publishing. ...
  4. Daycare. ...
  5. Pet Grooming. ...
  6. Aerial Photography. ...
  7. Build and Sell Themes Online. ...
  8. Blogging.
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What are the top 3 biggest companies? ›

This can lower or even outweigh potential returns.
  • #1 Walmart Inc. (WMT)
  • #2 China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (SNP)
  • #3 Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)
  • #4 PetroChina Co. Ltd. (PTR)
  • #5 Apple Inc. (AAPL)
  • #6 CVS Health Corp. (CVS)
  • #7 Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDS. A)
  • #8 Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK. A)

What is the richest company in North America? ›

Top 10 Companies in USA by Market Cap (2022)
  • Apple. 2,510 Billion US $
  • Microsoft Corporation. 2,268 Billion US $
  • ALPHABET. 1,933 Billion US $
  • Amazon.com. 1,757 Billion US $
  • Facebook. 1,069 Billion US $
  • Tesla Inc. 736 Billion US $
  • Berkshire Hathaway. 646 Billion US $
  • Nvidia Corporation. 557 Billion US $
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What are the top five biggest companies? ›

What Are the Biggest Companies in the World by Revenue?
  • Walmart (WMT) - $576 billion.
  • Amazon (AMZN) - $486 billion.
  • Petro China (PTR) - $443 billion.
  • Saudi Aramco (2222.SR) - $394 billion.
  • Apple, Inc. ( AAPL) - $388 billion.

Does Walmart own North Face? ›

In early 2017, Walmart acquired Moosejaw, a Michigan-based outdoor retailer with a large online presence and 10 physical stores, for $51 million in cash. The Moosejaw acquisition reportedly gives Wal-Mart access to high-end brands such as The North Face and Patagonia.

How does North West make money? ›

Although sources say that North's wealth is due to a trust fund, her parents are already preparing her for fame and fortune. At only four years old, she made her first interview appearance alongside her mom.

How much does The North West Company pay? ›

Average The North West Company hourly pay ranges from approximately $14.94 per hour for Order Picker to $43.27 per hour for Assistant Store Manager. The average The North West Company salary ranges from approximately $52,913 per year for Department Manager to $134,908 per year for Relocation Specialist.

Who is the largest private employer in Canada? ›

The provincial healthcare service employs 109,000 workers of all kinds, handily beating large private corporations like Suncor or Shaw communications.
Top 5 Employers in Alberta.
Shaw communicationsTelecommunications15,000+
SuncorOil and Gas13,000+
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Where is the most work in Nova Scotia? ›

The more education you have, the more likely you are to have a job. Half of the jobs in Nova Scotia are based in the Halifax region.

What Canadian company has the most employees? ›

Top publicly traded Canadian companies by number of employees
1George Weston 1WN.TO215,298
2Brookfield Asset Management 2BAM180,000
3Magna International 3MGA161,000
4Empire Company 4EMP-A.TO130,000
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What food is Chester famous for? ›

Chester is also home to two different puddings, both confusingly called Chester Pudding. One is a steamed suet pudding and the other is a type of meringue pie. The suet pudding is the older, more traditional pudding with the meringue pie being the new pretender.

What is the most posh town in England? ›

Virginia Water, Surrey

Virginia Water in Surrey consistently ranks among the highest value towns in England outside of London, according to Zoopla. As of July of 2022, the average price of a property here was of £1,681,981.

Where is the best place to live in Cheshire? ›

As well as the Forest, Delamere is a typically lovely rural village with plenty of country pubs and quaint local services and shops as well as high-performing schools in the area, while it has great transport links to nearby towns and cities.
  • Earlsbrook.
  • Orchard Green.
  • Weaver Meadows.
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Where do rich people live in UK? ›

1- Mayfair

Sitting side by side with Hyde Park and Green Park, the balance of open greenery and historic opulence has created one of the most popular places to live for the London rich. As well as the many wealthy Georgian homes, Mayfair is also home to the world-famous tailor district of Savile Row.

Where do rich people live? ›

Map settings
1New York, New York78
2Moscow, Russia68
3Hong Kong64
4London, United Kingdom46
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Where do rich people live in Cheshire? ›

The Golden Triangle (sometimes called the Footballer Belt) is an area of affluent small towns and villages in Cheshire, England. The exact three points of the triangle are the subject of local debate but are generally considered to be Alderley Edge, Prestbury, and Wilmslow.

Who owns the most money in the UK? ›

Rich List 2022 top 10
1Sri and Gopi Hinduja and family£28.472bn
2Sir James Dyson and family£23bn
3David and Simon Reuben and family£22.265bn
4Sir Leonard Blavatnik£20bn
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Who is the richest person in the UK 2022? ›

The London-based Hinduja brothers, Sri and Gopi, and family are the richest people in the UK with a £28bn fortune, which is up more than £11bn on last year.

Who is the richest person of British? ›

Sunak is said to be the richest man in the House of Commons, while reports claim that his wife Akshata is wealthier than British Queen Elizabeth II with assets worth £430 million.

Which company makes the most profit in the UK? ›

The numbers below are according to annual financial reports all of these England companies declared as of Q1 of 2022.
  • BP Plc. ...
  • Tesco Plc. ...
  • Rio Tinto Group. ...
  • Legal & General Group Plc. ...
  • Unilever Plc. ...
  • Vodafone Group Plc. ...
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. ...
  • HSBC Holdings Plc.

What company makes the most money UK? ›

What are the biggest UK companies by market capitalisation?
CompanyMarket cap1
1Unilever£113.85 billion
2AstraZeneca£104.73 billion
3BHP£99.06 billion
4RioTinto£83.73 billion
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What are the 5 biggest industries in the UK? ›

Economic output by industry

The UK's economy is dominated by services industries. These include retail, hospitality, professional services, business administration and finance.

What are the 3 biggest industries in the UK? ›

Biggest Industries by Revenue in the UK in 2022
  • Supermarkets in the UK. $187.6B.
  • Pension Funding in the UK. $155.9B.
  • Construction Contractors in the UK. $113.6B.
  • Hospitals in the UK. $112.7B.
  • New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers in the UK. $109.9B.
  • Banks in the UK. ...
  • General Insurance in the UK. ...
  • Management Consultants in the UK.

What are the 3 main industries in the UK? ›

The sectors that contribute most to the U.K.'s GDP are services, manufacturing, construction, and tourism.

What is the major industry in the North East? ›

Agriculture, commercial fishing and the forest products industries are all important contributors to the Northeast economy.

What is considered a big industry in the North East region? ›

The Northeast Region's top employers are based in the Health Care Sciences and Services and Advanced Manufacturing industry groups.

What big companies are in Newcastle? ›

  • McDonald's. 3.5★ 104.2K. Reviews. 32.6K. Salaries. ...
  • Woolworths Group. 3.7★ 5.4K. Reviews. Salaries. 605. ...
  • Coles. 3.6★ 4.7K. Reviews. Salaries. 1.4K. ...
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia. 4.1★ 5.1K. Reviews. Salaries. 330. ...
  • KFC. 3.5★ 10.7K. Reviews. 1.9K. Salaries. ...
  • Domino's. 3.5★ 14.3K. Reviews. 8K. ...
  • PwC. 3.9★ 65K. Reviews. 13.8K. ...
  • Hays. 3.7★ 5.4K. Reviews. 164.

What are five major industries found in the North East region? ›

Map of Industries by State in the Northeast
  • Agriculture.
  • Oil & Gas, and Mining.
  • Construction.
  • Manufacturing.
  • Wholesalers.
  • Retail.
  • Transportation.
  • Utilities.

What are the major industries in the West? ›

Three Major Industries of the West
  • Mining.
  • Ranching.
  • Commercial Farming.

What are three types of industry in the North? ›

The 3 Major Types of Industries – Primary, Secondary & Tertiary.

What is the largest industry in North America? ›

Biggest Industries by Revenue in the US in 2022
  • Hospitals in the US. $1.327.4B.
  • Drug, Cosmetic & Toiletry Wholesaling in the US. ...
  • New Car Dealers in the US. ...
  • Life Insurance & Annuities in the US. ...
  • Health & Medical Insurance in the US. ...
  • Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling. ...
  • Commercial Banking in the US. ...
  • E-Commerce & Online Auctions in the US.

Who has more industry north or south? ›

The north had a much more industrial revolutionized approach toward their lifestyle, while the south was more inclined with slave -labor.

What are the products in North East? ›

The products, Assam orthodox tea, large cardamom, Naga chilly, black rice and bathing soaps made from fruits were exported by the North East Farm Sales Promotion (NEFSP), a start-up from Assam.

What industry in North America produces the most millionaires? ›

The answer may surprise you: it's finance. In fact, according to Forbes magazine, finance is responsible for creating more millionaires than any other industry in the US.

What companies are in Newcastle? ›

  • Accenture. 3.9★ 132.5K. Reviews. 3.9K. Salaries. ...
  • Amazon. 3.8★ 148.5K. Reviews. 5K. Salaries. ...
  • McDonald's. 3.5★ 103.6K. Reviews. 10.1K. Salaries. ...
  • NHS. 3.8★ 9.6K. Reviews. 5.2K. Salaries. ...
  • EY. 3.9★ 63.7K. Reviews. 4.3K. Salaries. ...
  • Teleperformance. 4.2★ 39.9K. Reviews. 664. Salaries. ...
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The largest contributor to annual economic output in Newcastle is Manufacturing, which represents 15.7 percent of total output. The area in Newcastle generating the most output is Newcastle - Cooks Hill, and the largest industry here is Financial & Insurance Services.

What is the Northeast famous for? ›

North East India is famous for many things like the only floating national park in the world, the rainiest place in the world, the cleanest village in Aisa, largest women's only market in Asia, pleasant weather throughout the year, dowry free region in India, first organic state in the world, the origin of polo, etc.

What is the Northeast best known for? ›

It is home to famous hospitals, sports venues, colleges, and past presidents. The Northeastern United States is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. This region has a temperate climate with all four seasons.

What is the North Eastern region known for most? ›

Northeast of India is home to many wildlife sanctuaries like Kaziranga National Park famous for the one horned rhinoceros, Manas National Park, Nameri, Orang, Dibru Saikhowa in Assam, Namdhapha in Arunachal Pradesh, Balpakram in Meghalaya, Keibul Namjao in Manipur, Intanki in Nagaland, Khangchendzonga in Sikkim.


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