GroupCompany
Note2019
£m
2018
£m
2019
£m
2018
£m
Operating activities
Cash generated from operationsA1995.5989.8278.8271.2
Interest paid(143.0)(144.6)(28.0)(25.1)
Interest received and similar income7.35.9
Tax paid(27.5)(35.5)
Tax received10.4
Net cash generated from operating activities832.3815.6261.2246.1
Investing activities
Purchase of property, plant and equipment(622.3)(698.6)
Purchase of intangible assets(39.9)(36.1)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment2.11.1
Grants and contributions received2135.223.7
Loans to joint venturesA6(6.0)(26.5)
Dividends received from joint ventures122.23.3
Proceeds from investments131.01.0
Net cash used in investing activities(627.7)(723.2)
Financing activities
Proceeds from borrowings568.4801.016.024.4
Repayment of borrowings(668.6)(345.9)
Dividends paid to equity holders of the company9(274.4)(267.0)(274.4)(267.0)
Exercise of share options – purchase of shares(2.8)(3.4)(2.8)(3.4)
Net cash generated from/(used in) financing activities(377.4)184.7(261.2)(246.0)
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents(172.8)277.10.1
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year497.4220.3(0.5)(0.6)
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year16324.6497.4(0.5)(0.5)