A new sector, this one won by Glasgow-based temporary power provider Aggreko, riding high thanks to global demand for its generators for everything from music festivals to mining exploration. Shares have risen 540% in five years and it expects profits of £320m this year. Credit reference business Experian’s first-half revenues were up 11% to $2.3bn, and it bought Colombian oppo Computec for $400m. There were smiles all round at Babcock, where first-half profits rose 96% to £80m, due in part to the South African mining boom. Supplier of carrier bags to coffee cups in 23 countries, Bunzl has £300m to spend on growth. Outgoing Tesco chairman David Reid is expected to join Intertek as its new chairman early in 2012.
BMAC 2011 by sector: Business support services