12. W&R Barnett
- Chief executive: William Barnett
- Pre-tax profit: £46.8m
- Employment: 1,485
- Pay bill: £61m
W&R Barnett is the holding company of a diversified group of international commodity trading, storage, agribusiness and industrial companies.
It is a global trader of molasses and related liquid commodities, and the leading trader of grain and non-grain animal feed commodities in Ireland. The company is also a prominent independent supplier of bulk liquid storage facilities to the UK food, feed, industrial and energy sectors with over 400,000 cubic meters of storage assets located on the Mersey, Humber, Thames and Avonmouth.
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Through its subsidiary, John Thompson & Sons, the company is the largest manufacturer of animal feed in Northern Ireland.
The company entered the corrugated packaging market in 2015 with the acquisition of Logson Holdings Limited and this activity now accounts for a significant proportion of its turnover, profitability and employees.
Turnover and profits rose in the year reflecting the first full year incorporating Logson Holdings Ltd, the acquisition of The Boxshop Limited and one-off investment gains. The firm invested heavily in buildings, plant and IT during the year.
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