2018: No.12 - £620m
2017: No.11= - £550m
Sir Peter Rigby’s Rigby Group unveiled its best ever figures in its 42 year history in September. Revenues have soared past the £2 billion mark.
Profits and turnover at the Stratford-upon-Avon based company have increased by more than 20 per cent as the company sees success across its six divisions of technology, airports, hotels, real estate, aviation and financial services.
In the year to March 2017 the Rigby Group posted revenues of £2.17 billion up from £1.79 billion the previous year. Pre-tax profits, before exceptional items were £27.9 million.
Revenues for SCC EMEA, the technology arm of the Rigby Group which accounts for three-quarters of group revenue saw its revues boosted by the 2016 acquisition of French-based data infrastructure business Flowline Technologies.
The Rigby Group's airports division, which owns Bournemouth, Coventry, Exeter and Norwich airports, bought the under-performing corporate jet centre at Birmingham Airport from Marshall Aviation Services in May. The facility will come under the banner of XLR Executive Jet Centres, joining jet centres at Coventry and Exeter.
Peter Rigby’s upmarket hotels group, under the Eden Hotel Collection brand now includes Bovey Castle on Dartmoor, Brockencote Hall in Worcestershire and the Victorian mansion at Chaddesley Corbett near Kidderminster, the Michelin-starred Mallory Court Hotel near Leamington, the exclusive Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden, the Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon and Buckland Tout-Saints in Kingsbridge, Devon. The hotel group expanded further in 2015 with the acquisition of the Caterham House Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon in a joint venture with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Rigby Group subsidiary British International Helicopters is operating search and rescue services in the Falkland Islands for the Ministry of Defence, working alongside military resources in the South Atlantic. Work has also completed to turn former passenger facilities at Coventry Airport into a manufacturing and distribution hub covering 30 acres.
Liverpool-born Sir Peter, aged 74, founded his company in 1975 with just £2,000 in cash. Sir Peter’s sons James and Steven are both senior directors, with James running the firm’s high-performing UK division and chief executive of SCC EMEA and Steven the chief operating officer of the Rigby Group.
A qualified fixed wing and helicopter pilot, Sir Peter’s aviation group is based in Gloucester and Cranfield. As well as airports, it operates flying schools, charter operations and helicopter maintenance, indulging Sir Peter’s passion for all mechanical things that fly.
Sir Peter devotes much of his time and money to charity. The Rigby Foundation Charitable Trust supports child related causes and children’s hospices. Sir Peter was knighted in the Queens Jubilee Honours for his contribution to information technology and business.