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One of the world’s top 40 manufacturing companies, one of the largest global petrochemicals producers and the biggest private company in the UK, INEOS has risen to prominence over the past twenty years led by three unassuming northern grammar school boys: majority owner Jim Ratcliffe and his business partners Andy Currie and John Reece.

The company’s prolific growth and unlikely success have reshaped the industry, though its first two decades have been punctuated by close calls and hard lessons, as well as unprecedented highs.

As they celebrate the company’s twentieth anniversary and continued evolution, Ratcliffe and his management team have opened up on the major junctions of the INEOS journey, and their insights into business and manufacturing today.


There is something irresistible about the story of a plucky upstart making good. Even better, this story is real life. And in an entrepreneurial world dominated by services and high-tech, INEOS is a sighting of that rarest of birds, the highly successful UK manufacturing entrepreneur.

Professor Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean of London Business School (2009-2017)

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