Top 10 British Companies

There are different ways to measure the biggest companies. These are three methods:

  1. Market capitalisation – using FTSE all share index
  2. Revenue/sales
  3. Largest number of employees

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Top 10 UK firms by market capitlisation

RankNameMkt cap (£m)
1Royal Dutch Shell178,414.2
2HSBC Holdings145,979.6
3British American Tobacco106,613.6
4BP90,115.0
5GlaxoSmithKline71,401.1
6Diageo62,825.6
7AstraZeneca60,421.7
8Vodafone Group57,513.0
9Unilever55,150.3
10Glencore49,820.2

 

Sept, 2017

Top 10 UK firms by Revenue

CompanyIndustryRevenue US$
1. Royal Dutch ShellOil and gas484,489
2. BPOil and gas386,463
3. Glencore XstrataConglomerate220,030
4. HSBCBanking110,141
5. TescoRetail/supermarket103,839
6. VodafoneTelecommunications74.051
7. BarclaysBanking/finance68,949
8. Lloyds Banking groupBanking/finance67,048
9. UnileverConsumer goods64,610
10. The Royal Bank of ScotlandBanking/finance62,798
  • 11. Aviva – Insurance
  • 12. Rio Tinto Group – Mining
  • 13. Prudential – Financial services
  • 14. SSE – electric utility
  • 15. GlaxoSmithKline – Pharmaceuticals
  • 16. Centrica – Electric utility
  • 17. Sainsbury’s – Retail
  • 18. AstraZeneca – Pharmaceuticals
  • 19. BT Group – telecommunications
  • 20. Anglo American Mining

Top 10 British Employers

Employerest.SectorEmployees
1. NHS (England)1945Health1,400,000
2. NHS Scotland1948Health160,000
3. British Army1660Military125,430
4. Department of Work and Pensions2001Welfare111,000
5. HM Revenue & Customs2005Taxation76,890
6. NHS Wales1946Healthcare72,000
7. Ministry of Justice2007Law68,670
8. Ministry of Defence1940Military65,000
9. Metropolitan Police Service1829Police50,000 (approx.)
10. Royal Air Force1918Military37,200
11. Network Rail2002Transport34,000
12. Tata Steel2017Steel Industry26,000
13. BBC1927Media23,000
14. Home Office1782Security, immigration, etc.25,850
15. Scottish Government1999Devolved government17,000
16. Department for Transport2002Transport17,640
17. Welsh Government1999Devolved government5,682
18. Parliament of the United Kingdom1707Political representation1,475

 

Largest employers by PLC’s Royal Mail, G4S, Tesco and Compass Group

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Notes

Royal Dutch Shell is part UK, part Dutch. It ranks 7th in the global list of largest companies by revenue. The world’s largest by revenue is Walmart.

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