These interactive tables enable you to explore Motor Transport's Top 100 2009.
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Please refer to the notes to explain the methodology behind each entry.
|Largest 100 companies
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|Profit per employee
|Return on sales
|Growth in profit
|Sales per employee
The rankings were finalised on 18 December 2009. The data is compiled from financial accounts filed at Companies House during the 12 months since the last Top 100 was compiled (MT 11 December 2009). Tables show turnover and pre-tax profit figures generated solely or primarily from the UK transport activities of the businesses concerned unless otherwise stated.
Figures shown for employees are for those employed solely or primarily in the UK. Likewise the numbers for trucks, trailers and depots relate to the UK and were provided by the companies’ themselves. Not all companies however provided us with truck, trailer and depot figures, which is why some are blank, or last year’s figure is used.
Culina Logistics’ results are for a nine-month period to December 2008, following the acquisition of the former Culina Logistics business by Culina Group (formerly Baylis Holdings) on 12 March 2008. The combined companies’ trade and assets were transferred into Culina Logistics Limited on 1 April 2008. Meanwhile, on 19 November 2008, Culina announced the acquisition of the shared-user chilled operations of Wincanton, with Wincanton receiving a 20% shareholding in Culina Logistics. This was completed on 28 March 2009, so is not reflected in the 2008 balance sheet.
Deben Transport purchased entertainment transport firm Redburn Transfer in August 2009.
DHL does not publish results for its UK operation as a whole, so the DHL figures have been calculated by combining the turnover and pre-tax profit from the following DHL companies: DHL Express (UK); Tradeteam; DHL Global
Forwarding (UK); DHL Global Mail (UK); DHL International (UK); DHL Freight & Contract Logistics (UK); DHL Container Logistics (UK); DHL Aviation (UK); Exel Europe and Exel UK. In late December 2009 DHL sold its container and domestic parcels businesses.
Fowler Welch-Coolchain cemented its move into the container sector with the acquisition of Felixstowe, Suffolk operator Bawdsey Haulage in August 2009.
Gregory Distribution bought rival Kay Transport in June 2009, which is expected to produce a combined turnover of £100m.
Hargreaves Services’ results are just for its transport business and do not include results for the industrial, energy and commodities, and production divisions. The full results for Hargreaves are £525.3m turnover with pre-tax profit of £26.1m for the year ended May 2009. During 2009 Hargreaves acquired Stiller Tankers and Barnes & Tipping.
Home Delivery Network bought DHL’s domestic parcel business in December 2009.
Maritime Transport acquired DHL’s container business in December 2009.
Norbert Dentressangle (ND) provided MT with its own calculated figure for UK turnover as it does not publish full UK results at Companies House. The figure was provided in Euros – €535m – and was converted using the exchange rate of 0.90020. ND was unable to provide a pre-tax profit figure though for its UK operations.
Pass J Holdings is the registered company name for the Online Group, which includes Online Roadways.
Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide’s figures exclude results from Post Office Limited.
R Swain & Sons acquired specialist operator Charles Hewitt in May 2009.
Stiller Group sold its tanker division, Stiller Tankers, in October 2009 to Hargreaves Transport Services.
The Lenham Group results have been compiled by combining the results of the three divisions that sit under the Lenham umbrella: storage, warehousing and transport.
Thomas Cradley Holdings includes Suttons Tankers, Suttons Distribution and Suttons International.
Wincanton’s results exclude its figures for mainland Europe. If included, total group turnover for Wincanton is £2.3bn with a pre-tax profit of £20m, for the year ended 31 March 2009.