Andrew Nisbet and family
Catering equipment
Rank 2017
Nisbet, 56, started his business selling knives, clothing and catering textbooks in 1983. The Bristol-based operation now has 19 Nisbets stores and internet and mail order sales of more than 20,000 products to 100 countries. The company has become a key supplier in the catering industry, thanks to its wide range, low prices and next-day delivery. Profits rose to £35m on sales of £320m in 2016 and it is worth £430m, with other assets adding £40m.