Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2014: No. 53= - Robin Faccenda, Hillesden Investments

The poultry entrepreneur is worth £210m.

by Philip Beresford

Robin Faccenda founded Hillesden Investments, which trades as Faccenda Group, in 1962. The Northamptonshire-based firm is now the UK’s second largest chicken processor, supplying a range of fresh chicken portions and products including ‘roast in bag’ birds to Asda and other large retailers. In 2012 Faccenda acquired turkey business Cranberry Foods, and is making significant investments in sites at Brackley and Telford with a view to boosting sales. In 2011 he donated £500,000 to his alma mater Harper Adams University in Shropshire. Hillesden’s profits are far from chicken feed, up to a record £29.5m on £536m sales in 2012-13.

Age: 77
Activity: Poultry
Wealth: £210m
Latest turnover: £536m
Five-year rise in turnover: 59%
No. of employees: 3144
Five-year rise in employment: 45%
Score: 157

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