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.

This is a list of private companies in the United Kingdom, some of which based on the Sunday Times Fast Track "Top Track 100 league table".[1]

Company Sector Sales (£m) Employees Main shareholders
Greenergy Fuel 137 Tesco 34%, Owen's family 24%, Caradog 24%
John Lewis Partnership Retail 7,759 98,000 Employees 100%
Reed Recruitment 1,100 3,400 The Reed Foundation
Stemcor Commodities 6,254 1,860 Ralph Oppenheimer 71%, Management
Swire Conglomerate 79,194 Swire family 67%
McLaren Technology Group Conglomerate:
Consumer Electronics
Formula One
Food & Restaurants
554 3500 Mumtalakat Holding Company (56%)
Laing O'Rourke Construction 15,027
Brakes Group Food 10,000 Bain Capital (92%), Management (8%)
JCB Construction and Agriculture Machinery 14,500
Arcadia Group Clothing 2,682 44,030
Virgin Atlantic Airline 8,631 Virgin Group 51%, Delta Air Lines 49%
Firstsource Business Process Management 6,000
European Metal Recycling Recycling 2,226
Iceland Retail 13,462
Bestway Group Conglomerate:
Arnold Clark Automobiles 10,000
Shop Direct Group 18,688
TI Automotive 17,360
Acromas Holdings Holding company 14,152
SSP Energy 29,551
Thames Water 4,913
Wilko Retail 23,063
Pentland Group 15,468
Specsavers 30,000
New Look 22,605
Anglian Water Water 6,898
Clarks 14,389
2 Sisters Food Group 9,061
Iglo 2,941
United Biscuits 8,156 Ülker Family
Bibby Line 5,610
Findus 5,651 Lion Capital
Matalan 15,858
Gala Coral Group 18,125 Apollo 26%, Cerberus 18%, Goldman Sachs 8%
Mott MacDonald Construction 17,000 Trust 50%, employees 50%
Linpac 6,218
Unipart 8,533
Willmott Dixon Construction 2,845
River Island Clothing 15,155
Wates Construction 2,650
Healthcare at Home 1,339
Arup Construction consultancy 9,934 Employee trust
Kelda Group 3,138
KCA Deutag 6,696
Merlin Entertainments 12,364
Mace Construction 3,173
Just Retirement 483
Partnership 311
Dyson 3,100
Biffa 6,250
Arqiva 1,980
Northgate Information Solutions 10,643
Bourne Leisure 11,724
Martin McColl 12,013
Sir Robert McAlpine Construction 1,956
Samworth Brothers 7,323
Formula One 266
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
Northern & Shell Media Group 1,347
Travelex 7,022
House of Fraser Retail 5,087
Keepmoat 2,917
Spire Healthcare 6,353
Monsoon Clothing 4,314
Southern Water Water 1,505
Poundland Retail 8,602
DFS 2,792
Welcome Break 4,165
Harrods Group 3,675
JCT600 1,359

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


Other Fast Track publications[edit]

Top Track 100 is one of seven league tables of private companies produced by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times:

  • Fast Track 100 – ranks the UK’s fastest-growing private companies based on sales (excluding TMT companies, which appear in Tech Track 100 (see below)
  • SME Export Track 100 – ranks the UK's SMEs with the fastest-growing international sales
  • Tech Track 100 – ranks the UK’s fastest-growing private technology companies based on sales (the sister table to Fast Track 100)
  • International Track 200 – ranks the UK’s private mid-market companies with the fastest-growing overseas sales
  • Profit Track 100 – ranks the UK’s private companies with the fastest-growing profits
  • Top Track 250 – ranks the UK’s leading mid-market private companies based on sales and/or profits growth
  • Top Track 100 – ranks the UK’s biggest private companies based on sales