Eighteen of the South of England’s 500 biggest companies are based in Swindon, according to a new report.
Led by Nationwide building society, with a turnover of £5.7bn, The Top 500 Companies in the South report has been commissioned by IT specialists Taylor Made Computer Solutions, who took over from PwC after 15 years.
The Swindon companies and their annual turnovers are:
- Nationwide Building Society £5,784,000,000
- Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd £3,947,537,000
- Npower Ltd £3,939,500,000
- Connect Group plc £1,808,500,000
- WH Smith plc £1,161,000,000
- First Great Western Ltd £1,130,274,000
- Man Truck & Bus UK Ltd £491,445,000
- Arval UK Group Ltd £469,417,000
- Cambria Automobiles plc £395,776,000
- Synergy Health plc £380,453,000
- Dick Lovett Companies Ltd £308,230,000
- Tyco Electronics UK Ltd £192,115,000
- Castrol Ltd £176,369,000
- Intrinsic Financial Services Ltd £166,725,000
- Swindon Pressings Limited £151,532,000
- Openwork Ltd £150,977,000
- Fairchild Semiconductor Ltd £124,492,000
- Hardware.com Group Ltd £111,016,000
The stats also show slow but steady growth among the South’s biggest companies. Overall, the Top 500 companies increased sales by three per cent during the year, and the firms collectively improved pre-tax profits by 32.2 per cent during the year.
The report is based on audited accounts filed at Companies House by December 2, 2014. The complete list includes information on a range of data including companies’ sales figures, pre-tax profit, net asset value, number of staff and average salaries.
The south’s overall top company is BP International Ltd, based in Surrey, with an overall turnover of £63.6bn. Vodafone, based in Newbury, is second with £38bn, while Reading-based SSE Energy Supply Ltd is third with almost £30bn.