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THAMES V 250 ALLEY


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The Business Magazine has published the 2020 Thames Valley 250 online


This is the 11th year of the 250 list – sponsored by Gateley Legal, BDO, Henley Business School, Lloyds Bank and Vail Williams – and companies on the list have combined sales of well over £25 billion and employ over 100,000 people.


At the top of the 250 tree once again is Westcoast, the IT products supplier based at Theale. The Westcoast product range spans across the whole IT, consumable, software and electrical spectrum.


Westcoast is one of the UK’s great success stories, and it has outgunned Thames Water for yet another year – with sales approaching £2.8b.


Based at Reading, Thames Water, the UK’s largest water and waste-water company, remains at number two in the chart with Marlow-based Urenco, an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products for the civil nuclear industry, at three.


The top 60 companies COMPANY NAME


1 Westcoast


2 Thames Water Utilities 3 Urenco


4 CALA Group


5 WSH (Westbury Street Holdings) 6 Hook 2 Sisters 7 Whistl


8 Unipart Group 9 Hibu Group (Yell) 10 Hovis


At number four is CALA Group, the housebuilder, which was founded in 1875, and has built a reputation in the past 30 years for building premium homes with an emphasis on quality. With its head office at Wooburn Green, Bucks, CALA’s sales came in at £973.6 million.


The caterer and hospitality giant WSH completes the top five at £933m. WSH is the parent company for leading brands such as BaxterStorey and Benugo.


For many companies their position in the 250 reflects the pre-Covid period, with year-ends in 2019 before the pandemic struck. It remains to be seen how the companies will fare in next year’s list.


The top 60 is published below and the full 250 is available .


TOWN Theale


Reading Marlow


DESCRIPTION


IT products supplier Water services provider Nuclear fuels


Wooburn Green Housebuilder Reading Bampton Marlow Oxford Reading


High Wycombe Bakery Windsor Witney


Reading Witney


Reading Reading Slough


Uxbridge


13 Evergreen Garden Care (t/a lovethegarden) Camberley 14 Noble Foods


15 Direct Wines/Laithwaites 16 Audley Travel Group 17 Eden Motor Group 18 CH&Co Group 19 Furniture Village


20 Killinchy Aerospace (Martin-Baker)


Food services Poultry farming Postal services Logistics provider


SALES (£m)


YEAR END


2799.0 31/12/19 2084.4 31/03/19 1527.0 31/12/19 973.6 31/12/19 933.0 28/12/19 795.4 31/07/19 616.3 31/12/18 614.2 31/12/19


Digital marketing solutions 557.2 31/03/19 461.0 31/12/18


11 AirTanker Carterton Tanker aircraft manufacturer 458.5 31/12/18 12 Medina


Milk and food products Garden care


Fresh food supplier


Motor dealerships Catering


Furniture retailer


371.6 27/10/18 332.7 30/09/19 330.7 28/09/19


Wine producer and retailer 314.2 28/06/19 Tour operators


291.2 31/12/18 290.1 31/12/18 286.5 31/12/18 255.0 31/03/20


Manufacture of ejection seats 243.3 31/03/19


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THE BUSINESS MAGAZINE – SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020


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