37 IAIN LID­DELL

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Freight Ser­vices, £68m

Ian Lid­dell worked for a lead­ing ship­ping line and af­ter gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of the con­tainer trade, he hatched the idea for set­ting up his own freight ser­vice op­er­a­tion the day be­fore his 21st birth­day in June 1984. To­day, over 30 years later, Unis­erve is the largest freight ser­vice provider in the UK with over 500 staff. The Til­bury-based op­er­a­tion is en­tirely owned by Lid­dell. In 2013-14 it made £5.6m profit on £151.5m sales. With £62.7m net as­sets it is worth £65m. We add £3m for past salaries/div­i­dends and other as­sets to Lid­dell.

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