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Biggest Private Company 2006-06-30

Posted by clype in List, Money, Scotland, Statistics.

Grampian Country Foods‘ (‘GCFG’) has been named as Scotland’s biggest private company for the fourth year in a row.

The Aberdeen-based company was placed 13th on ‘The Sunday TimesKPMG Top Track 100, which ranks UK firms by sales.

Annual sales of 1 850 million GBP saw the firm edge ahead of Glasgow-based car dealer ‘Arnold Clark‘, which was 15th in the UK.

Four other Scottish companies made the list — property developer ‘Miller Group‘, logistics company ‘Asco‘, garage firm ‘Kwik-Fit‘ and food retailer Farmfoods.

‘Arnold Clark’ reported sales of 1 670 million GBP in the year ending in 2005-12, while the Edinburgh-based ‘Miller Group’ was the third largest Scottish firm with sales of almost 900 million GBP.

Kwik-Fit‘, which has its headquarters in Edinburgh, recorded a figure of almost £800m, while Aberdeen-based ‘Asco’ and Glasgow-based ‘Farmfoods‘ both topped 400 million GBP.

‘Grampian Country Foods’ held onto its top place despite closing six factories last year, blaming increased competition from European imports and higher transport costs.

The group, which sprung from the Grampian chicken business, also includes Scotland’s largest pork processor, ‘Halls’, as well as a range of specialist and organic brands, such as Gordon Ramsay’s ready-to-cook range.

Mr.Craig Anderson, head of Scotland for sponsors KPMG, said:

‘Ambitious entrepreneurial companies are a crucial part of the UK’s economy and it is great to see Scotland represented in the Top Track 100.

‘”Grampian” is a great example for the region’s businesses to aspire to, and I hope that the region will be even more strongly represented next year.’

‘The Sunday TimesKPMG Top Track 100 is compiled by research company Fast Track. It will be published in full on 2006-07-02.



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