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39. Wright Group

Managing director: Mark Nodder

Employment: 1,100

Turnover: £130.0m

Pre-tax profit: £1.5m

The Wright Group is a manufacturer of accessible buses for public transportation systems. Founded in 1946, and still a family-owned and managed company, the Wright Group has pioneered low floor buses in the UK.

In recent years, The Wright Group has focused increasingly on overseas markets and with contracts from Great Britain, Republic of Ireland, the US, Hong Kong and Singapore, the company has established itself as a leading global player.

It secured the prestigious New Bus for London contract to make the ecofriendly replacement for the iconic London Routemaster bus and delivered its first bus earlier this year. Last year Wright Group won an order from bus operator Aviva for 334 new buses. The contract for 204 double- deck and 130 singledeck buses is worth around £55m. Arriva runs routes in cities across the UK, including London and Glasgow.

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