Edrington and Wm Grant’s crack Sunday Times Top 100 Private Company League Table

Glasgow-based Edrington, has joined Wm Grant & Sons in the annual Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 league table which ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the biggest sales. Edrington came in at 91, with sales of £739m in 2018. The company joined Wm Grant & Sons which has moved up 12 positions to 50th in the league with sales topping £1 billion.

The distillers join four other Scottish companies to make it into the Top 100. They are Arnold Clark, Parks Motor Group,  John Clark Motor Group and KCA DEUTAG Group.

This year, the 100 companies reached a record £205bn in total sales, up an average of 16% on the prior year, with record total profits of £23.5bn, up by 10%. An impressive 90 companies increased sales in their latest financial year.

The league table is sponsored by HSBC, Linklaters and PwC and compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events company.

Amanda Murphy, Head of Commercial Banking at HSBC UK, said, “Once again, Britain’s most ambitious private enterprises have shown their mettle by shrugging off uncertainty to grow at an even faster rate than the year before. The businesses in the Top Track 100 are an inspiration to all, showing just what can be achieved with entrepreneurial spirit and a determination to succeed. The six companies in Scotland are the kinds of firms that provide the backbone of our economy, and we at HSBC UK are thrilled to see them thrive.”

 

Biggest private companies in Scotland, by county and rank

HQ location County Rank

[2017 rank]
Company

Activity

Sales £m Profits£m Staff Year end Main shareholders
Aberdeen

Aberdeenshire

66

[60]
KCA DEUTAG Group

Drilling and engineering contractor

904 171 6,117 Dec 17 Pamplona Capital, Al Qahtani Investments, BlackRock, Golden Tree, EIG Partners, other funds
Aberdeen

Aberdeenshire

90

[88]
John Clark Motor Group

Car dealer

742 11 1,337 Dec 17 John Clark and family (100%)
Keith

Banffshire

54

[66]
William Grant & Sons

Spirits distiller

1,062 270 2,113 Dec 16 Grant and Gordon families
Glasgow

Lanarkshire

7

[7]
Arnold Clark

Car dealer

*3,931 *276 11,427 Dec 17 Clark family and trusts (100%)
Glasgow

Lanarkshire

91

[ – ]
Edrington

Whisky and rum distiller

739 220 2,255 Mar 18 The Robertson Trust (77%), employees, former employees (23%)
Hamilton

South Lanarkshire

82

[ – ]
Park’s Motor Group

Car dealer

777 29 1,847 Mar 17 Douglas Park and family (100%)

 

‡ Profits = EBITDA (Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation)

* Supplied by the company

The full league table is published as a six-page supplement with the business section of The Sunday Times on 8 July, both in print and in the digital edition, and on www.fasttrack.co.uk.

 

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