List of The Largest Companies In The United Kingdom

In this age of globalization, no big company has limited its business to just one country. They want to expand their company branches in all the developed and underdeveloped countries of the world where it is profitable to do business.

From telecommunications to pharmaceuticals and petroleum to consumer goods, many of the world’s largest companies work in a variety of industries, based in the UK.

Not only do these companies help to boost the UK and the economy of the world, but they also play the most important role in our daily lives.

In that series, many of the world’s largest companies have expanded their business to England. Here is a list of some of the largest companies in the United Kingdom.

We will provide a short description for every company to fulfill your desire and curiosity.

BP

BP is one of the largest Oil and gas companies in the United Kingdom.  It provides heat, light, and mobility to customers all over the world. They deliver energy solutions across the world.

They do business in Europe, North and South America, Australasia, Asia, and Africa. Their purpose is to reinvasion energy for people and our planet. Meanwhile, they want to help the world to reach net-zero and improve people’s lives.

HSBC

HSBC is considered one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world. They serve more than 40 million customers through their global businesses such as Wealth and Personal Banking, Global Banking & Markets, and Commercial Banking.

Their network covers 64 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North America, and Latin America, and Africa. They offer a series of retail, commercial, and private banking services in the UK.

Prudential plc

Prudential plc is an Asia-led range of businesses concentrated on structural growth markets. They help people to get the most out of life over health and life insurance and retirement and asset management solutions.

They have 17 million lifetime customers in their Asia and Africa businesses. They are no longer affiliated with Prudential UK and Europe (Prudential Assurance Company Ltd), and this business became part of M&G plc in October 2019.

Legal and general group plc

Legal and general group plc is commonly known as Legal & General. Its head-quarter is in London and it is a British multinational financial service and asset management company.

This company was formed in a Chancery Lane coffee shop by Sergeant John Adams and five other lawyers in June 1836.

Aviva

Aviva is one of the top insurance companies in the UK. Its head-quarter is in London. They have almost 33 million customers that spread in 16 countries.

This company was established in May 2000 and its name was CGNU plc. But in April 2002 it was renamed Aviva plc by the votes of the company’s shareholder.

Their main activity is the providing of general and life insurance. The investors of this company have 289.9 billion euros assets under their management.

Tesco

Tesco was founded in 1919 as a group of market stalls by Jack Cohen. It is one of the largest retailers of general merchandise and multinational groceries in Welwyn Garden City, England.

By gross revenue, it is also the third-largest retailer in the world. It has expanded its business globally in the early 1990s.

Initially, Jack Cohen’s business strategy was “pile it high and sell it cheap”. But as time flies its motto changed into “YCDBSOYA” (You Can’t Do Business Sitting on Your Arse).

Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group plc was formed in 2009 through the acquisition of HBOS by Lloyds TSB. It is one of the biggest financial service organizations in the UK.

Meanwhile, it is also one of the oldest banks in the UK. It has almost 30 million customers and that makes it the UK’s largest retail bank.

For its social responsibility, it is a gold member of the employers’ forum on disability in 2010. It has partnership programs in 9 popular Universities and it provides scholarships.

Unilever

Unilever PLC is a renowned British multinational consumer goods company. Its head-quarter is in London. It has a variety of items of food, cosmetics, and toiletries, etc. items.

Unilever products include water and air purifiers, personal care, tea, coffee, breakfast cereal, cleaning agents, condiments, food, beauty products, toothpaste, soap, etc.

Meanwhile, they are the largest producer of soap in the world. It owns over 400 brands and produces them all over the world. It was founded on 2 September 1929. It also has the primary listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Vodafone

Vodafone started its journey with the establishment of Racal Strategic Radio Ltd in 1981. It has spread its operations in Egypt, South Africa, Ghana, Libya, Cameroon, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Chile, Brazil, United States, Japan, India, Turkey, Europe, Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand.

It also has mobile money transfer services and Health Services. It is one of the most successful projects with the Novartis-led “SMS for life project” in Tanzania.

Rio Tinto Group

Rio Tinto Group is nowadays, one of the second-largest metals and mining corporations in the world. It was founded in 1873. It produces worldwide iron ore, copper, diamonds, gold, and Uranium.

The main business of Rio Tinto is to produce raw materials like copper, iron, bauxite, iron ore, uranium, diamonds, and industrial materials like Titanium dioxide, gypsum, borax, and salt.

No.NameIndustryRevenueEmployeeHeadquarter
1BPOil & Gas212,61672,500London
2HSBCBanking98,673235,351London
3Prudential plcInsurance93,73618,125London
4Legal and general groupInsurance90,6158,542London
5AvivaInsurance89,64731,181London
6TescoRetail82,700293,963Welwyn Garden City
7Lloyds Banking GroupBanking64,29763,069London
8UnileverConsumer goods58,179149,867London
9VodafoneTelecommunication49,96095,219Newbury
10Rio Tinto GroupMining43,16546,007London

This list is based on the Forbes Global 2000 that is found in Wikipedia. These are for the year 2019. The 50 highest ranked companies from the United Kingdom are listed.                                                  

RankForbes 2000 rankNameProfit(billions US$)Revenue(billions US$)Value(billions US$)Assets(billions US$)IndustryHeadquarters
144HSBC3.867.2105.32,197.8BankingLondon
291British American Tobacco7.333.088.8186.8Consumer goodsLondon
397GlaxoSmithKline6.844.7104.4104.6PharmaceuticalsLondon
4114Rio Tinto Group8.043.2175.587.8MiningLondon
5115Lloyds Banking Group3.164.328.61,104.7BankingLondon
6178Linde plc2.328.296.686.6ChemicalsGuildford
7181Barclays2.628.823.11,790.9BankingLondon
8192Legal & General Group2.385.215.3735.0InsuranceLondon
9207Royal Bank of Scotland4.523.516.8957.8BankingEdinburgh
10213Aviva3.289.512.0593.1InsuranceLondon
11220Prudential plc0.894.536.9440.4InsuranceLondon
12232Fiat Chrysler Automobiles3.2121.113.8110.1AutomotiveLondon
13237AstraZeneca1.526.2137.757.2PharmaceuticalsCambridge
14253Standard Chartered1.924.716.2720.4FinanceLondon
15254Tesco1.282.729.066.8RetailWelwyn Garden City
16262National Grid plc1.919.041.381.7UtilitiesLondon
17273Diageo3.916.881.042.0BeveragesLondon
18274Anglo American plc3.529.922.056.2MiningLondon
19314BT Group2.829.614.563.3TelecommunicationLondon
20336LyondellBasell Industries3.434.719.330.4ChemicalsLondon
21357BP−3.3271.679.4273.9Oil and GasLondon
22389BAE Systems plc1.923.420.634.5Aerospace and defenseLondon, Farnborough
23425Imperial Brands1.320.520.041.6Consumer goodsBristol
24465Vodafone−2.549.437.9174.4TelecommunicationNewbury
25505Compass Group1.431.726.816.4ServicesChertsey
26518M&G1.441.74.3283.9InsuranceLondon
27528CNH Industrial1.428.18.447.4IndustrialsLondon
28559RELX1.910.043.618.3ServicesLondon
29574Willis Towers Watson1.19.223.037.7InsuranceLondon
30591Associated British Foods0.920.318.920.5RetailLondon
31610Coca-Cola European Partners1.213.418.121.0BeveragesLondon
32624International Airlines Group1.928.65.640.0AirlineLondon
33636SSE plc1.69.016.325.8EnergyPerth
34650Reckitt Benckiser−4.716.459.442.6Consumer goodsSlough
35665WPP plc0.716.99.541.5AdvertisingLondon
36670London Stock Exchange0.53.033.01,064.6FinanceLondon
37712Ferguson plc1.022.116.112.6Construction materialsWokingham
38826Phoenix Group0.0837.15.5311.6InsuranceLondon
39880Liberty Global−0.811.512.349.0TelecommunicationLondon
40889St. James’s Place plc0.221.15.7155.3InsuranceCirencester
41920Rolls-Royce Holdings−1.721.28.042.7Aerospace and defenseLondon
42985IHS Markit0.94.426.816.4ServicesLondon
43992Amcor0.411.114.416.8Packaging materialsWarmley
441058Sainsbury’s0.237.05.535.7RetailLondon
451065Ashtead Group1.06.412.313.4ServicesLondon
461104Mylan0.0211.58.731.3PharmaceuticalsHatfield
471107Investec0.65.82.073.6FinanceLondon
481188Schroders0.63.39.228.2FinanceLondon
491189Mondi0.98.18.69.6Paper productsSurrey
501191Quilter plc0.0510.02.884.4FinanceLondon

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