Mid-Size Family Businesses - UK

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Mid-Size Family Businesses - UK - Part 1

Twelve companies mid-sized family businesses we identified are Lush, The Billington Group, Baxters, Norbrook Laboratories, Halewood Wones & Spirits, NG Bailey, Barrett Steel, Global Energy Group, Qualasept Pharmaxo, Whitworth Bros, LWC, and Together.

FINDINGS

In order to fulfill this request, we searched company websites, business information databases, and Linkedin profiles. However, for a few companies, we were unable to find the name of the marketing head. In such cases, we have provided the name of another employee from the marketing department (wherever possible).

LUSH

  • Description: cosmetics manufacturer and retailer.
  • Annual revenue: £497.8 million
  • Shareholding: Mark Constantine (34%), Mo Constantine (22%), others (44%)
  • CEO: Mark Constantine
  • Marketing Head: N/A
  • HQ address: Unit 22-23, Dolphin Quays, Poole Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HU

THE BILLINGTON GROUP

BAXTERS

  • Description: manufacturer of soups, canned meat, jams, and condiments
  • Annual revenue: £296.7 million
  • Shareholding: Audrey Baxter (32%), Andrew Baxter (21%), Catherine Baxter (16%), Baxter family (31%)
  • CEO: Bill King
  • Marketing Head: Lorraine Rothwell
  • HQ address: Baxters Food Group, Fochabers, Moray, Scotland, IV32 7LD.

NORBROOK LABORATORIES

  • Description: develops and manufactures veterinary drugs.
  • Annual revenue: £272 million
  • Shareholding: The Lord Ballyedmond family trust (100%)
  • CEO: Liam Nagle
  • Marketing Head: Richard Palmer
  • HQ address: Norbrook Laboratories Limited, Carnbane Industrial Estate, Newry, Northern Ireland, BT35 6QQ

HALEWOOD WINES & SPIRITS

  • Description: producer and distributor of artisanal spirits and craft beers.
  • Annual revenue: £212.6 million
  • Shareholding: Halewood family (65%), others (35%)
  • CEO: Stewart Hainsworth
  • Marketing Head: James Stocker
  • HQ address: Halewood Wines & Spirits, The Sovereign Distillery, Wilson Road, Huyton Business Park, Liverpool, L36 6AD

NG BAILEY

BARRETT STEEL

  • Description: a steel stockholder that also provides laser cutting, deep hole boring, and plasma profiling services.
  • Annual revenue: £292.7 million
  • Shareholding: Barrett family (70%), management and others (30%)
  • CEO: Roy Butcher
  • Marketing Head: Hannah Freudenberg (Marketing Manager)
  • HQ address: Barrett House, Cutler Heights Lane, Dudley Hill, Bradford BD4 9HU.

GLOBAL ENERGY GROUP

  • Description: provides equipment/ construction and maintenance services to the energy sector.
  • Annual revenue: £305.2 million
  • Shareholding: MacGregor family (70%), Mitsui (25%), Maria Nieto (5%)
  • CEO: Roy MacGregor
  • Marketing Head: N/A
  • HQ address: 13 Henderson Rd., Inverness, Highland, IV1 1SN, United Kingdom

Qualasept Pharmaxo/ Bath ASU

  • Description: produces medicines tailored to the individual needs of patients.
  • Annual revenue: £190.9 million
  • Shareholding: Richard Wastnage (50%), Christopher Watt (44%), Maria Watt (6%)
  • CEO: Chris Watt
  • Marketing Head: N/A
  • HQ address: Unit A15, Fiveways Light Industrial Estate, Westwells, Wiltshire, GB

WHITWORTH BROS. LTD.

  • Description: operates flour mills.
  • Annual revenue: £321.7 million
  • Shareholding: Martin George and family (100%)
  • CEO: Roger Butler
  • Marketing Head: N/A
  • HQ address: Victoria Mills, Wellingborough, NN8 2DT, United Kingdom

LWC

  • Description: drinks wholesaler that also sells its own brands.
  • Annual revenue: £190.9 million
  • Shareholding: Robin Gray (77%), Ebrahim Mukadam (12%), John Edward Trust (11%)
  • CEO: Ebrahim Mukadam
  • Marketing Head: Nick Ponticakis
  • HQ address: LWC 3, Stainburn Road, Openshaw, Manchester, M11 2DN

TOGETHER

  • Description: specialist lender offering mortgages and commercial and development loans to individuals and SMEs.
  • Annual revenue: £292.2 million
  • Shareholding: Henry Moser (100%)
  • CEO: Henry Moser
  • Marketing Head: Helen Walsh (Digital)
  • HQ address: Lake View, Lakeside, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 3GW, GB.

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Mid-Size Family Businesses - UK - Part 2

In this study, we found that some mid-size family-owned businesses in the U.K. include O’Halloran & O’Brien, Acorn Stairlifts, Sushi Daily, Michael J Lonsdale, Symphony Corporation, HKS Retail, Stewart Milne Group, S. Norton, Morrisroe Group, and Tennants Consolidated. Below is a detailed explanation of our methodology and findings.

METHODOLOGY

We initially started the research by searching for 10 to 12 mid-size family-owned businesses in the U.K. from online market reports and industry researches in Fast Track, Michael J Lonsdale Group, Symphony Corporation, D&B Hoovers, and many more. We came across a League Table published by Fast Track containing companies including their estimated revenues and amount of shares owned by leaderships and selected 10 companies. To determine the companies’ CEOs, marketing heads, and addresses, we searched for information from company websites, business information databases, and LinkedIn profiles. Unfortunately, we could not find the name of marketing head in few companies. We have instead included the name of another employee from marketing department where possible.

MID-SIZE FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESSES IN THE U.K.\

O’HALLORAN & O’BRIEN
O’Halloran & O’Brien is a manufacturer and distributor of reinforced concrete frames including residential development services that generate £306.8 million annual revenue. Tom O’Brien is the company’s CEO and the O’Brien family has 100% family shareholding. There is no public information available on its marketing head. O’Halloran & O’Brien is headquartered in 197 – 199 Garth Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 4NE.
ACORN STAIRLIFTS
Acorn Stairlifts is a designer, manufacturer, and installer of stairlifts that generates £211.8 million yearly. John Jakes, who is the company’s CEO, has 100% family shareholding. Danna McKinney is the marketing head. The company is headquartered in Telecom House Millennium Business Park, Station Rd, Steeton, Keighley BD20 6RB, U.K.
SUSHI DAILY
Sushi Daily is a supplier of packed sushi foods such as row temaki, California rolls, and seafood chirashi that generates annual revenue amounting to £268.1 million. Kelly Choi, the company’s CEO, has 60% family shareholding, while Jerome Castaing has 40%. There is no public information available on the company’s marketing head. Sushi Daily is headquartered in 35 Luke St, Hackney, London EC2A 4LH, U.K.
MICHAEL J LONSDALE
With £216.8 million generated annually, Michael J Lionsdale is a provider of engineering services for construction projects in residential, commercial, and public sectors, and specializes in mechanical, design, and electrical works. Michael Hoodless, the company’s CEO, has 60% family shareholding, while Gary Herbert has 40%. Steph Morrish is the company’s marketing head. Michael J Lionsdale is headquartered in Unit 1 Langley Quay, Waterside Drive, Langley, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 6EY.
SYMPHONY CORPORATION
With annual revenue amounting to £218.8 million, Symphony Corporation is a manufacturer and supplier of kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom furniture, and serves housing providers, retailers and property developers. Douglas Gregory, the company’s CEO, has 100% family shareholding. Robert Newton is the company’s marketing head. Symphony Corporation is headquartered in Pen Hill Estate, Park Spring Rd, Grimethorpe, Barnsley S72 7EZ, U.K.
HKS RETAIL
With £221.3 million annual revenue, HKS Retail is a fuel forecourt operator and distributor of grocery and non-fuel items. Thakrar family has 100% family shareholding. Shane Thakrar is the company’s CEO, while Bryony Quarmby is the marketing head. HKS Retail is headquartered in Prax House Horizon Business Village, 1 Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0TJ, United Kingdom.
STEWART MILNE GROUP
Stewart Milne Group is a supplier of prefabricated timber frames and house developer in Northwest England, central Scotland, Tayside, and Aberdeenshire that generates £240.5 million annual revenue. Stewart Milne and family have 100% family shareholding. Stuart MacGregor is the company’s CEO, while Aimée Tennant is the marketing head. Stewart Milne Group is headquartered in Peregrine House, Industrial Estate, Mosscroft Ave, Westhill, United Kingdom, AB32 6JQ.
S. NORTON
With £272.5 million revenue annually, S. Norton is a recycler, processer, and distributor of iron and steel scrap metal. The Harry family has 100% family shareholding. Roger Morton is the company’s CEO, while there is no public information on its marketing head. S. Norton is headquartered in Bankfield House, Regent Road, Liverpool L20 8RQ, U.K.
MORRISROE GROUP
With £214.3 million revenue every year, Morrisroe Group is a supplier of reinforced concrete framers, and provider of groundworks and joinery services to construction projects. The company’s CEO, Brian Morrissroe, has 100% family shareholding. There is no public information available on its marketing head. The company is headquartered in Warwick Rd, Borehamwood WD6 1GS, U.K.
TENNANTS CONSOLIDATED
With £468.8 million annual revenue, Tennants Consolidated is a producer of bleaching power and distributes more than 3,000 chemicals globally. Alexander family has 78% family shareholding, while others have 22%. The company’s CEO is Michael Hughes, but there is no public information available on who the marketing head is. It is headquartered in 12 Upper Belgrave St., Belgravia, London SW1X 8BA, U.K.
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