41 IAIN LID­DELL

Essex Life - - RICHEST 50 -

Lo­gis­tics 2018: £79m 2017: £75m (44th=)

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 1984. To­day Unis­erve is the largest freight ser­vice provider in the UK with over 500 staff. The Til­bury-based op­er­a­tion is en­tirely owned by Lid­dell. In 2016-17 it made £4.8m profit on £206.4m sales. With nearly £75m net as­sets (up £4m) it is worth that sum. We add £4m for past salaries/div­i­dends and other as­sets to Lid­dell.

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