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                                                                                                                                                             knIghT
                                                                                                                                                             rEal EsTaTE
                                                              wEssEx                                                               knightproperty.qualitydevel-
                                                                                                                                           Real Estate is a
                                                                                                                                     oper of high           com-
                                                                                                                                                                       development, the £7 million
                                                                                                                                                                       Chameleon Business Park in


                                                              buIldIng
                                                                                                                                   mercial                             Livingston, in early 2006. It se-
                                                                                                                                     Its approach towards joint        cured a five year lease on 47,000
                                                                                                                                   ventures, partnerships and          sq ft of office accommodation
                            * Turnover growth                                                                                      other investment funding            from Amec at its Quattro Busi-


                                                              sErvIcEs
                            figures quoted at the                                                                                  packages enables the company        ness Park in Aberdeen, which
                            end of each section are                                                                                to maximise growth through          was purchased in a JV partner-
                            in £000’s                                                                                              acquisition, sale and leaseback     ship, Cascade Estates LLP.
                                                                                                                                   and speculative developments          Bluesky Business Space has
                                                                                                                                     Established in north east         confirmed a ten year lease at

                          wessex Buildingand electri-
                               a mechanical
                                              Services is

                          cal contractor, specialising in
                                                              also been involved in the instal-
                                                              lation of cable management and
                                                              electrical services to various
                                                                                                   the industrial and commercial
                                                                                                   market range from £50,000 to
                                                                                                   £2 million.
                                                                                                                                   Scotland in 1987, it has built
                                                                                                                                   a reputation for the develop-
                                                                                                                                   ment of contemporary proper-
                                                                                                                                                                       the £45 million office develop-
                                                                                                                                                                       ment near Aberdeen.

                          providing the complete spec-        telecom suppliers.                     An 8.8 per cent increase in   ties throughout the UK, for a       n Turnover growth
                          trum of building systems.              It focuses on end user clients,   turnover from the previous      diverse range of markets.           2003 / 2004: £65
                            Its services include air con-     both design and build and com-       year means it is now around       Knight completed its flagship     2007 / 2008: £14,902
                          ditioning, lighting, fire alarms,   petitively tendered projects, and    £6.6 million.
                          security systems, lightning pro-    the business development plan
                          tection and other M&E ancillary     for the coming year.                 n Turnover growth*
                          requirements.                          Contract values for new build     2003 / 2004: £23
                            Since 1996, the company has       and refurbishment work in            2007 / 2008: £6,625
                                                                                                                                                                                          the 100

                            HOW WE COMPILED THE LIST OF FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES
                                                                                                                                        03                                                fastest
                                                                                                                                                                                          growing
                                                                                                                                                                                          companies
                            welcome to cn’s review of the 100 fastest growing companies in construction – a unique insight                            mIcra conTracTs
                            into some of the industry’s most entrepreneurial firms. over these pages, you will see a huge a                                                               sponsored by
                            variety of company sizes and sectors, all with one thing in common – they have seen fantastic
                            growth in profit over the past few years.
                              we haven’t plucked this list out of the air – the companies were selected from an analysis of
                                                                                                                                   m    icra Contracts, the construction arm of Bris-
                                                                                                                                        tol-based Micra Group, was set up in 1997 as a
                                                                                                                                   specialist fit-out contractor, Micra Interiors.
                            companies house accounts filed up to the end of last financial year.                                     The company launched in 2002 and has
                              It is based on compound annual growth rates measured between 2003/04 and 2007/08. we                 already overtaken the £14 million-turnover in-
                            analysed all companies defined by the government as being involved in construction but                 teriors division.
                            excluded companies which were very small. some of the companies are well-known but many                  This rapid growth has been helped by the buoy-
                                            are relatively small and unknown.                                                      ant market for new-build apartment develop-
                                              Thanks to my colleagues alasdair reisner, nina lovelace and Jennifer palmer-         ments – its single largest source of work.
                                            violet who worked on this project. and thanks to b&cE and the national                   Success is down to “lots of work and offering
                                            Federation of builders who have both supported it. you can read their views on         a quality service”, says joint managing director
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                                            page 11 and 12 respectively.                                                           Mike Holt.

                                           Nick Edwards                                                                            n Turnover growth
                                           Editor                                                                                  2003 / 2004: £53
                                                                                                                                   2007 / 2008: £9,581

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                 programmEd         Engaged in the provisionUK painting nowdec-
                                      orating services to the
                                                               of          and
                                                                  property market,
                 maInTEnancE        Whittle Painting, established in 1908,     has
                 sErvIcEs (uk)      over 300 tradespeople and 1,500 customers.
                                      The group and its subsidiaries have been                                     cornhIll
                 trading as
                 whITTlE paInTIng
                                    acquired by Australian firm Programmed
                                    Maintenance Services.                                                          InTErIors
                                    n Turnover growth
                                    2003 / 2004: £227
                                    2007 / 2008: £10,219
                                                                                     cornhillsuccess, the manage-
                                                                                                  Interiors is an inte-
                                                                                        rior fit-out company. On the
                                                                                     back of its
                                                                                                                               in the East Caribbean, Dubai,
                                                                                                                               Qatar and Bahrain over the
                                                                                                                               next 12 months.
                                                                                     ment team has structured three              From October 2007 Cornhill
                                                                                     business units under CCG, the             Construction Group and its
                                                                                     parent company: Cornhill In-              subsidiaries have restructured
                                                                                     teriors, Cornhill Construction            the management for planned
                                                                                     and Newman Shopfitters.                   expansion.
                                                                                       There are plans for three new
                                                                                     businesses to join the group in           n Turnover growth
                                                                                     2008. And Cornhill Interiors              2003 / 2004: £421
                                                                                     hopes to expand its activities            2007 / 2008: £16,636




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                                                                                                                   dIrEcT planT
                                                                                                                   sErvIcEs

                                                                                       a   fter more than 30 years as a
                                                                                           sole trader, plant operator
                                                                                       richard headon relaunched his
                                                                                                                               success to a commitment to staff
                                                                                                                               training. In 2004, the company
                                                                                                                               spent almost 10 per cent of its
                                                                                       business as a limited company;          annual turnover on training.
                                                                                       direct plant services, trading
                                                                                       as south and west highway               n Turnover growth
                                                                                       Trenching. he retains all the           2003 / 2004: £74
                                                                                       a-shares in the business.               2007 / 2008: £2,886




                                                                                                                               “
                                                                                          Employing 50 site staff, the
                                                                                       bristol-based company
                                                                                       specialises in utility installations,
                                                                                                                                      Since its
                                                                                       working from scotland to the                   launch in
                                                                                       south-east.
                                                                                          since its launch in 2002, direct
                                                                                                                               2002, Direct Plant
                                                                                       plant services has tripled its          has tripled its
                                                                                       turnover to nearly £3 million. mr
                                                                                       headon attributes his company’s
                                                                                                                               turnover”



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                                                                                                                     gkr logIsTIcs
                                                                                            Founded in GK Rowsell Scaf-
                                                                                               Rowsell as
                                                                                                           1979 by Graham

                                                                                            folding, the business began on
                                                                                                                                The business employs more
                                                                                                                                than 80 people and its clients
                                                                                                                                include Kier and Wallis.
                                                                                            a labour-only basis and over          Mr Rowsell is in semi-retire-
                                                                                            the first 15 years expanded into    ment and his two sons, Lee and
                                                                                            design, health & safety and         Neil, run the company.
                                                                                            material.
                                                                                              In 1994, GKR Scaffolding was      n Turnover growth
                                                                                            set up to work predominantly        2003 / 2004: £195
                                                                                            in London and the south-east.       2007 / 2008: £6,785




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                                                                                                                     bEEchways
                                                                                                                     dEvElopmEnTs
                                                                                            beechways is around the
                                                                                            predominantly
                                                                                                             a bricklay-
                                                                                               ing contractor that works
                                                                                                                                cerns, including Marshall and
                                                                                                                                Mansell.
                                                                                                                                    Beechways works mostly
                                                                                            north-west. Founded in 1982 by      on commercial schemes such
                                                                                            David Mannering, it employs         as offices and retail units but
                                                                                            more than 100 people.               is also involved in some local
                                                                                              The business has grown            authority work on schools.
                                                                                            rapidly in recent years work-
                                                                                            ing for local main contractors      n Turnover growth
                                                                                            such as Globe Construction and      2003 / 2004: £106




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                                                                                            Carefoot, as well as larger con-    2007 / 2008: £2,637




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                               marInE conTracTors
                                                                                                                     sumo sErvIcEs
 Awholly ownedworksEffage), Herbosch-Kiere Marine Contractors(itself owned by French
 civil engineering
                   subsidiary of Belgian contractor Herbosch-Kiere
     construction giant                                             specialises in marine
                        including piling, demolition and coastal protection.
                                                                                            sumoproviderafor the detec-
                                                                                                    Services has steadily
                                                                                               grown into nationwide
                                                                                            service
                                                                                                                                accreditation from the BFA and
                                                                                                                                the launch of the Franchise pro-
                                                                                                                                gramme. Full membership was
   In 2003, after five years trying to break into the UK market, the current managing       tion and mapping for all types      obtained in 2007.
 director, Benny de Sutter, was brought in from Belgium to revive the ailing subsidiary.    of underground utilities.             Ventures include large town




                                                            “
   Last year the company relocated from Ramsgate, Kent, to                                     Established in 2001, the com-    centre regeneration projects,
 an office in central London where it employs five staff. “We                               pany supports more than 1,500       new hospitals and major roads.
 had one or two years of no business,” says Mr de Sutter.                 We had one        customers in the utility and
 “Now we will turn over £3 million this year.” He attributes              or two years      construction industries.            n Turnover growth
 this change of fortune to “good management and good                                           The success of its initial       2003 / 2004: £73
 business development”.                                         of no business; we          pilot programme led to gaining      2007 / 2008: £1,776
                                                            will turn over £3
 n Turnover growth
 2003 / 2004: £80                                           million this year”
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   grEgor shorE                                          copIThornE homEs                                     o & h consTrucTIon

Established in 1999,
  the business was
known as Dudasbrand,
                              The Gregor Group
                           comprises several com-
                           panies ranging from
                                                      The smalltakes its
                                                        which
                                                                business,

                                                      name from director
                                                                                 rooms based around a
                                                                                 bespoke design.
                                                                                    The company says
                                                                                                            oresidential and commercial
                                                                                                            es
                                                                                                               & H Construction, part of
                                                                                                               the O & H Group, compris-
                                                                                                                                                     O&H worked mainly on
                                                                                                                                                   London residential projects in
                                                                                                                                                   the 1980s then moved to more
but changed to Gregor      residential property       Andrew Copithorne          it furthers value by       development divisions.                 mixed schemes including Sir
Shore in 2004.             construction, manu-        Crainey, operates in       “preparing for the           The firm refinanced in 1994          Norman Foster’s offices.
   Current develop-        facture, commercial        Croydon, Purley and        future” and strives        with backing from GE Capi-
ments for the business,    property development       Redhill.                   to “turn innovation        tal Real Estate and bought             n Turnover growth
which recorded a pre-      and interests in the         Copithorne Homes         towards home auto-         two branches of investment             2003 / 2004: £2,224
tax profit of £1.2 mil-    leisure industry.          focuses on small-scale     mation”.                   properties.                            2007 / 2008: £41,165
lion for 2007/2008, in-                               refurbishment or con-
clude work at Platinum     n Turnover growth          version schemes of-        n Turnover growth
point, Grant Marino &
East Float.
                           2003 / 2004: £946
                           2007 / 2008: £22,904
                                                      fering larger than
                                                      average proportioned
                                                                                 2003 / 2004: £108
                                                                                 2007 / 2008: £2,508               16
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   swanwIck cIvIl EngInEErIng                                                                               adviancetechnical building
                                                                                                                         was founded in
                                                                                                                April 2002 to provide an
                                                                                                            integrated
                                                                                                                                                   £848,000 in 2003 to £8 million
                                                                                                                                                   in 2006.
                                                                                                                                                     ISS UK has recently complet-
                                                                                                            services solution to the com-          ed the acquisition of Adviance

s  wanwick Civil Engineering (SCE) is a family run
   business, established in 1976. It specialises in
civil engineering contracts for local authorities
                                                      for clearance and delivery, particularly from sites
                                                      with difficult access.
                                                        Projects include work on roads, footpaths,
                                                                                                            mercial and communications
                                                                                                            markets.
                                                                                                              It specialises in maintaining
                                                                                                                                                   Technical Solutions.
                                                                                                                                                     Its latest pre-tax profit came
                                                                                                                                                   in at around £1.2 million.
and private sector clients in Hampshire, west         car parks, field drains and groundworks. It also      mechanical and electrical serv-
Sussex, east Dorset and Surrey.                       provides landscaping services.                        ices throughout the country.           n Turnover growth
  The company is an approved contractor for                                                                 Adviance’s sales have grown            2003 / 2004: £848
Hampshire County Council and has a 30-year            n Turnover growth                                     112 per cent each year from            2007 / 2008: £15,228
history with the client.                              2003 / 2004: £49
  SCE owns a fleet of Hiab grab and tipper lorries    2007 / 2008: £1,151

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                                                                                                              radlEIgh homEs
   dawnus consTrucTIon

Established insouth-west. Construction is a
Wales and the
                2001, Dawnus
  regional engineering company based in south
                                                      design and construction of six detached office
                                                      buildings totalling 45,000 sq ft on a brownfield
                                                      site worth £6 million.
                                                                                                              r    adleigh homes, part of the
                                                                                                                   radleigh group, specialises
                                                                                                              in building traditional and
                                                                                                                                                   on taking forward sites from
                                                                                                                                                   conception through to a
                                                                                                                                                   completed development.
   It undertakes specialist works such as the de-        It has also been awarded a £5.2 million contract     contemporary homes in the East         The latest turnover figure
sign, supply and installation of reinforced earth     to build a new school in Portfield, Pembrokeshire,      midlands from city living            shows an increase of 6.2 per cent
structures and pipe-jacking.                          following the completion of a £5 million refur-         apartments to country homes.         on the previous year. It stands at
   Dawnus continues to make its name in multi-        bishment of Greenhill School in Tenby.                     any site, commercial,             around £18.7 million.
disciplinary building projects for both public and                                                            industrial or greenfield, is
private sector clients.                               n Turnover growth                                       considered for build, providing it   n Turnover growth
   The company’s latest commercial venture            2003 / 2004: £1,955                                     is a minimum of a third of an        2003 / 2004: £1,048
is Riverside Business Park which included the         2007 / 2008: £43,214                                    acre. and radleigh prides itself     2007 / 2008: £18,717




                                                                                                                   18                              smithincorporated in 2002.
                                                                                                                                                      was
                                                                                                                                                           Building Contractors

                                                                                                                                                   The family-run company says
                                                                                                                                                   it has built its reputation from
                                                                                                                                                   continuous recommendation
                                                                                                                                                   and quality workmanship.
                                                                                                                                                      Clients range from private
                                                                                                                                                   sector to local authorities,
                                                                                                              smITh buIldIng                       churches and developers.

                                                                                                              conTracTors                          n Turnover growth
                                                                                                                                                   2003 / 2004: £137
                                                                                                                                                   2007 / 2008: £2,447



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   EcomEsh
                                                                                                               downEnd buIldErs (brIsTol)
c   urrently turning over £1.5
    million, Ecomesh is an eco-
friendly 21st century waste
minimisation and pollution
prevention treatment system.
                                                                                                            Fthe owner,inDownendAngela
                                                                                                            is
                                                                                                               ounded     2002 by Tony
                                                                                                               Davis, whose wife
                                                                                                                                 builds
                                                                                                                                                   Its largest project to date is
                                                                                                                                                 £5.8 million-worth of work for
                                                                                                                                                 Honda.
  Its cells are built on site,                                                                              schemes on package con-                Pre-tax profit recorded for
avoiding transport and landfill                                                                             tracts.                              2007/2008 came in at £89,000.
charges traditionally associated                                                                              It also operates as a main
with brownfield remediation.                                                                                contractor on design and build       n Turnover growth
  The Ecomesh modular verti-                                                                                deals and as a sub-contractor on     2003 / 2004: £211
cal wall units allow rapid con-                                                                             civil engineering projects.          2007 / 2008: £2,075
struction of treatment cells
for containment of industrial
waste and contaminated soil
giving a 33 per cent volume ad-
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vantage over traditional tech-
niques.
  Ecomesh makes it possi-              acQwEll mEchanIcal sErvIcEs
ble to drill through a land-                                                                                   gladEdalE holdIngs
fill mass several hundred
metres deep at a rate of 300 mm
per second.                         The Surrey-based plumbing
                                       and mechanical services
                                    contractor has seen a 23.3 per
                                                                        at £120,000, up from £13,000 the
                                                                        year before.
                                                                                                            Founded in 1996 byGladedalebusinessman andthe titlerestauran-
                                                                                                               teur Remo Dipre,
                                                                                                                                 Italian
                                                                                                                                         is now vying for
                                                                                                                                                          former
                                                                                                                                                                 of the UK’s
n Turnover growth                   cent increase in turnover on        n Turnover growth                   largest privately-owned house builder.
2003 / 2004: £92                    2006/2007.                          2003 / 2004: £160                     The business started to grow rapidly around the year 2000 due
2007 / 2008: £1,579                   Current pre-tax profits stand     2007 / 2008: £2,369                 to a series of acquisitions, which started with the £24 million
                                                                                                            purchase of Furlong Homes, a small house builder listed on the
                                                                                                            Alternative Investment Market.

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                                                                                                              Gladedale continued to push through more takeovers of
                                                                                                            privately-owned companies and moved into Scotland through
                                                                                                            the acquisition of Bett Homes for £95 million in 2003.
                                                                                                              The spending continued with Country & Metropolitan bought
                                                                                                            for £72 million in April 2005, followed by Premier Homes and
   n J rIchards proJEcT                                  mds hEaTIng                                        Glentwhistle. Last year, it acquired Yorkshire-based Ben Bailey
                                                                                                            for £83 million.
                                                                                                              In 2006, Gladedale sold 3,854 homes at an average price of £172,400.

afamily business launched in the early 1990s, Established inall surroundingtoareas on residen-
   N J Richards Project is managed by Richard
Neocleous.
                                                 Harlow and
                                                              1997, MDS Heating works within

                                              tial contracts and subscribes the theory “no
                                                                                                            Mr Dipre appointed David Gaffney, formerly of Bellway Homes, as
                                                                                                            chief executive and made plans to push annual completions up
                                                                                                            to 6,000 units a year.
   The company works on general contracting           job is too small”.
including new build, refurbishment and fit-out          Domestic household services on offer comprise       n Turnover growth
work in residential, commercial and industrial        bathroom installations, boiler servicing and re-      2003 / 2004: £65,946
markets. But retail is the sector that has provided   pairs, heating services, plumbing services, gas       2007 / 2008: £644,025
the most business growth in recent years.             installations and power flushing.
   With a primary business focus on southern            It also works on large commercial projects and

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England, the company has expanded into Ire-           for property developers on new build or refur-
land. Turnover has passed the £10 million mark        bishment sites.
in each of the last three years.                        The company’s current turnover is a 59.6 per
   N J Richards takes on projects of various value.   cent increase on the previous year. While pre-
Its client roster ranges from private developers      tax profits for the present year stand at £54,000.
like Maun Holdings – which provided its biggest         MDS Heating is Corgi registered and says it has
job to date worth £4.1 million – to well-known        built up a large portfolio. It “ensures all work is      apollo hEaTIng
fashion companies such as Jimmy Choo, H&M             completed to the highest professional standards
and Dolce & Gabbana.                                  and guarantees customer satisfaction”.

n Turnover growth
2003 / 2004: £834
                                                      n Turnover growth
                                                      2003 / 2004: £102
                                                                                                              E   stablished in 1996 by shaun
                                                                                                                  maclean, manchester-based
                                                                                                              apollo heating was incorporated
                                                                                                                                                 purchased the 180-strong
                                                                                                                                                 company in 2006 for £10 million.
                                                                                                                                                    apollo heating has seen an
2007 / 2008: £10,394                                  2007 / 2008: £1,169                                     in 2001 when it was acquired by    increase in its pre-tax profit, with
                                                                                                              former proprietor of maclean &     the latest total breaking the £1
                                                                                                              nuttall, ken maclean.              million barrier.

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                                                                                                                 gas service and maintenance        and annual turnover has
                                                                                                              of domestic properties, central    grown by 44.4 per cent in the last
                                                                                                              heating installation and           financial year.
                                                                                                              national retail installations of
                                                                                                              domestic appliances is the main    n Turnover growth
   mErIT procEss EngInEErIng                                                                                  business focus.                    2003 / 2004: £1,138
                                                                                                                 leeds-based spice holdings      2007 / 2008: £11,093

merit Process Engineering technology and
ment company focused on high
                             is an installa-
   tion, engineering and facility manage-
                                                        The company, formed in 1993, is expanding into
                                                      the EU and Australia due to rapid UK growth.

complex industrial market sectors including,          n Turnover growth
semiconductor, biotechnology, nanotechnolo-           2003 / 2004: £2,041                                     sponsored by
gy, pharmaceutical and healthcare.                    2007 / 2008: £20,346

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   uplands rETaIl                                                                                              vgc consTrucTIon


uplandssubsidiaryatfoundedofGroupThe whol-
ly-owned
           Retail was        in Bristol in 1996,
    then re-branded the end 2002.
                    of Milands       aspires to
                                                     build warehouse contracts.
                                                        The company’s principal client base is: ASDA,
                                                     BT, Bristol City Council, Halifax, Crawford’s Loss
                                                                                                            alabour supplier sincerecent
                                                                                                               VGC Construction has ex-
                                                                                                            panded its business in
                                                                                                                                   1960,           hicle hire business, Cole Hire.
                                                                                                                                                     VGC supplies labour directly
                                                                                                                                                   to Network Rail and contrac-
be one of the UK’s leading retail construction and   Adjusters, Rose Project Design Services, Prio-         years following supply deals           tors, including Balfour Beatty,
refurbishment organisations.                         ry Health Care, Cunningham Lindsey, Capita             with many major contractors.           Carillion and Kier.
  With secured contracts valued in excess of         Symonds, McDonalds, QEH School, Tracs Health-            The company provides work-
£25 million on site, the scope of Uplands Re-        care and Christopher Smith Associates.                 ers for building, civil engineer-      n Turnover growth
tail activities within main contracting in-             Uplands Retail’s pre-tax profit hit the £2.3 mil-   ing, highways, maintenance             2003 / 2004: £281
clude design and build, new build, partnering        lion mark in 2007/2008, which is an increase from      and rail work and also has a ve-       2007 / 2008: £2,676
contracts, schedule of rates maintenance and         £1.7 million the year before.
refurbishment.

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  Ongoing projects include the extension of          n Turnover growth
an Asda in Cardiff Bay, office refurbishment in      2003 / 2004: £3,726
Bristol, as well as insurance repairs and new        2007 / 2008: £35,956


     www.builders.org.uk                                                                                       dEvonshIrE homEs

                                                                                                              a    privately-owned
                                                                                                                   house builder
                                                                                                              based in Tiverton,
                                                                                                              devonshire homes



   Partner for
                                                                                                              launched in 1990 to
                                                                                                              work predominantly
                                                                                                              in the west
                                                                                                              country.
                                                                                                                 managed and




   growth
                                                                                                              staffed by local
                                                                                                              people, the
                                                                                                              company says its
                                                                                                              employees care
                                                                                                              greatly about the
                                                                                                              provision of
                                                                                                              attractive and
                                                                                                              sustainable homes for its customers.
                                                                                                                 devonshire homes is continuously striving to design and build
                                                                                                              aesthetically pleasing homes that are fully compliant with the most
                                                                                                              stringent environmental regulations.
                                                                                                                  The company has five schemes at present: devonshire rise,
                                                                                                              moorhayes park and witheridge are all in Tiverton, while the scott’s
                                                                                                              development in bampton is in north devon and the shaldon
                                                                                                              development is on the Teign estuary in southern England.

                                                                                                              n Turnover growth
                                                                                                              2003 / 2004: £1,764
                                                                                                              2007 / 2008: £15,788




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                                                                                                            has increased from £17,000 four years ago.
     The NFB provides the business solutions and practical tools to enable our
     members to grow rapidly. Sustaining and protecting growth we help turn                                 n Turnover growth
     success into bottom line results; that’s why we’re the essential partner to the                        2003 / 2004: £559
     construction industry.                                                                                 2007 / 2008: £5,000

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                                                                                                            dmc group


                                                                                                         dMCago, says AndreworMas-
                                                                                                         years
                                                                                                               Group started to see real
                                                                                                            growth about three four
                                                                                                                                              granite and ceramics as well,”
                                                                                                                                              says Mr Masters. The company
                                                                                                                                              used Terrazzo flooring for the
                                                                                                         ters, one of the company’s four      Thameslink section of St Pan-
                                                                                                         directors. “We’ve gone in leaps      cras Station, which was a £2
                                                                                                         and bounds in the last two or        million contract.
                                                                                                         three years,” he says.                  Mr Masters says DMC has
                                                                                                            But he adds: “That will proba-    a lot of experience under one
                                                                                                         bly bottom out. We have grown        roof. “We all know what we’re
                                                                                                         very, very fast indeed and we        doing in specialist flooring. I
                                                                                                         are trying to control that speed     think we’ve recognised where
                                                                                                         because although some of our         the openings are in the market-
                                                                                                         background is in multi-nation-       place. And once you recognise
                                                                                                         als, we are not multi-million        that, you’ve got to give a good
                                                                                                         pound turnover companies.”           price, good service and you’ve
                                                                                                            DMC Group comprises two           got to think of every job as a
                                                                                                         main companies, DMC Rail             repeat, so [customers] want to

      31                                                                                                 and DMC Tiling, which are
                                                                                                         both tiling sub-contractors for
                                                                                                         hard floor tiling and wall tiling.
                                                                                                                                              come back.”

                                                                                                                                              n Turnover growth
                                                                                                         “We’re specialists in Terrazzo       2003 / 2004: £530
                                                                                                         flooring but we also do marble,      2007 / 2008: £4,272
   volkEr wEssEls uk


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National contractor Volker Wessels UK provides      at the gateway to Olympic Park. Completion is
a wide range of engineering and construction        expected in time to accept freight barges for the
services across various sectors including infra-    main Olympic construction period.
structure, flood defence, roads and bridges and       The £19 million contract involves the con-
coastal defence.                                    struction of a lock, five weirs and a fish-pass,
   Originally, as Harbour & General Works, the      which will restore the Bow Back Rivers, reviv-          gEmInI propErTy sErvIcEs
company focused on marine works. The portfo-        ing water transport in the area for the first time
lio of services has expanded considerably over
the years and, to reflect this change in profile,
the company was renamed Volker Stevin in
                                                    in 50 years.

                                                    n Turnover growth
                                                                                                         TPre-tax profits forgrowth in turnover in in Heathfield, has seen
                                                                                                           he general building contractor, based
                                                                                                           a 355.3 per cent                        the last year.
                                                                                                                              the current period stand at £226,000.
2003.                                               2003 / 2004: £62,172
   The company is working on Prescott Lock          2007 / 2008: £518,292                                n Turnover growth
                                                                                                         2003 / 2004: £282
                                                                                                         2007 / 2008: £2,263

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   Fm consTrucTIon
                                                                                                                36


                                                                     “
                                                                            The success
FMin 1997provider for the FM group, was set upandItsfamilywas to
      Construction, part of FM Developments
   services
ness
                                                  construction
                                               as a
            by managing director Jonathon Milne. aim
                                                           busi-
                                                                            has been a
                                                                                                            land and marInE
                                                                                                            proJEcT EngInEErIng
create exclusive developments in select locations.                   straightforward
  “The success has been a straightforward approach to construc-
tion and a stable and loyal supply chain, as well as motivated
and professional staff,” says director of FM Construction David
                                                                     approach and a
                                                                     stable and loyal
                                                                                                         landwith in the UKisinin1953 asgas, water and oil industries.
                                                                                                            tor
                                                                                                                 and Marine

                                                                                                         Established
                                                                                                                     experience
                                                                                                                                a cross country pipeline contrac-
                                                                                                                                   the
                                                                                                                                         part of the Boskalis Group, it
McEvoy.                                                                                                  expanded into overseas markets in the 1960s.
                                                                     supply chain, as                      Joining the Costain Group in 1984, it moved into the Flowline
n Turnover growth                                                    well as motivated                   Bundle market in 1990. The company acquired Alfred McAlpine
2003 / 2004: £3,406                                                                                      Marine Pipeline Division in 2003, then purchased McTay tank
2007 / 2008: £26,714                                                 staff”                              division and Avoidatrench in 2006.
                                                                                                           Land and Marine - TankServ Division is a UK based company
                                                                                                         and internationally recognised as a manufacturer of oil storage

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                                                    capitalised on the fact that the company already     tank appurtances. It owns and operates specialist marine equip-
                                                    had a directly employed skilled workforce, unlike    ment including work barges, mooring winches and marine an-
                                                    most of its competitors.                             chors up to 22.5 tonnes.
                                                      Mr Smithers says the firm has thrived on
                                                    providing a comprehensive package of services:       n Turnover growth
   InnovaTE spacE                                   “We carry out the relocation, the design and the     2003 / 2004: £9,465
                                                    build leaving our clients to concentrate on their    2007 / 2008: £73,604

Innovateoffice design, project management, fit-
out into
         Space was created in 2003 from Melac,
 an electrical sub-contractor, which branched
                                                    primary concern – running their business.”

                                                    n Turnover growth
out, refurbishment and furniture supply.            2003 / 2004: £546                                      sponsored by
  New managing director James Smithers              2007 / 2008: £4,264

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       growing companies



                                     “
       37                                   A steadily
                                            growing
                                                                               38                                                                          39
                                     workload has                                                                                                     bEasons
   b. moslEy                                                                cEnTral scaFFoldIng (scoTland)
   groundworks                       enabled the                                                                                                      InTErIors
   & planT hIrE                      company to
                                     double its                          centralan inclusive(Scotland), incorporated in 1987, is a provider
                                                                                   Scaffolding
                                                                            of project management, reporting and accountancy systems
                                                                                                                                                   Beasons was founded in 1996
                                                                                                                                                   by managing director Clive
                                     turnover each                       based on              project plan.                                       Beard.

  F   ounded in 1998 by ground-
      works contractor ben mosley,
  the company has carved a niche
                                     year since 2001”
                                                                           Next to well-tried and externally audited quality assur-
                                                                         ance procedures, working to BSEN ISO 9001:2000, it works with
                                                                         customers on a range of projects.
                                                                                                                                                     Since then, it has taken on
                                                                                                                                                   a wide range of building con-
                                                                                                                                                   tracts, including office, indus-
  for itself in the utilities        decided to focus on that sector,”     Central Scaffolding works closely with CITB, and all of its             trial and domestic refurbish-
  maintenance market.                says luke mosley.                   operatives are trained every aspect of scaffolding.                       ment and new build projects.
     In 2001, luke mosley, ben’s       a steadily growing workload,
  engineer brother joined the        particularly from utilities firm    n Turnover growth                                                         n Turnover growth
  business and helped steer the      Three valleys water, has enabled    2003 / 2004: £300                                                         2003 / 2004: £553
  company in the direction of        the company to double its           2007 / 2008: £2,200                                                       2007 / 2008: £3,947
  trenchless technology.             turnover each year since 2001.
     The company is now widely


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  referred to as ‘mosley moling’.    n Turnover growth
  “we realised that trenchless       2003 / 2004: £132
  methods were the way to go and     2007 / 2008: £1,021

                                                                           vIssEr & smIT hanab (uk)

       40                                                                vand pipeline installationthe atransition area.
                                                                            isser & Smit Hanab (UK) is specialist cable

                                                                         onshore, near shore and in
                                                                                                    contractor operating
                                                                                                                               techniques, laser guided auger drilling and
                                                                                                                               micro-tunneling, high voltage cable installation
                                                                                                                               and burial for offshore windfarms.
                                                                           The Kettering-based company carries out:
                                                                         high voltage cable installation and joint-            n Turnover growth
   lnT consTrucTIon                                                      ing, marine outfall and landfall construc-            2003 / 2004: £1,364
                                                                         tion and renovation, trenchless installation          2007 / 2008: £9,572

lNT in careinsectoras(LNTC)
        Construction
   launched    1990    a spe-
                                       The company offers a “one
                                     stop shop” approach: site find-

                                                                              43                                 44
cialist              turnkey         ing, feasibility, design, plan-
development.                         ning and then construction.
   A division of LNT Group, it is
expanding with new offices set       n Turnover growth
to open in Chorley, Solihull and     2003 / 2004: £2,101
Northampton.                         2007 / 2008: £14,959                   cFr group                         prb EsTaTEs

                                                                                                          sidcup-basedinPRB Estates
                                                                         cFness offoundeda incontractors maintenance work for local
                                                                             Roberts is family busi-                                               tradesmen and sub-contractors

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                                                                                    electrical             specialises   repair and                in order to offer the full range
                                                                         and was               the 1930s.                                          of skills from gas and electrical
                                                                            It has evolved into a multi-    authorities and housing asso-          installations to painting.
                                                                         disciplinary company offering      ciations.
                                                                         IT, design and build and secu-       Founded in 2000, it has only         n Turnover growth
   playTop                                                               rity services in addition to its   three full-time employees but          2003 / 2004: £201
                                                                         original M&E activities.           retains a large contingent of          2007 / 2008: £1,364

playtop has installed rubber
   surfaces for outdoor areas,
                                     playground in Ireland and can
                                     also be found on the walk-
                                                                            Today, CFR Group em-
                                                                         ploys 150 people and takes

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playgrounds, walkways and            ways of some of Britain’s most      on contracts with an av-
multi-use courts since 1977.         famous golf courses including       erage value of £3 million.
  A UK market leader, its prod-      Wentworth.
uct is now sold and installed                                            n Turnover growth
overseas, too.                       n Turnover growth                   2003 / 2004: £1,729
  The product was used at            2003 / 2004: £898                   2007 / 2008: £11,852                 basE sTrucTurEs
Ardgillan Castle, the largest        2007 / 2008: £6,190



                                                                                                              b    ase structures is a tensile
                                                                                                                   fabric structures contractor,
                                                                                                              providing a complete design,
                                                                                                                                                   / fibreglass and the latest silicon
                                                                                                                                                   / fibreglass fabrics.
                                                                                                                                                      base structures also offers in-
                                                                                                              manufacturing and installation       house bi-axial and uni-axial
                                                                                                              service.                             fabric detail testing services. Its
                                                                                                                 It manufactures fabrics of all    installation team sets up both
                                                                                                              types: pvc / polyester (including    external and internal structures.
                                                                                                              weldable and non-weldable
                                                                                                              pvdF lacquered), all cottons,        n Turnover growth
                                                                                                              acrylics and canvases, class ‘o’     2003 / 2004: £474
                                                                                                              fire rated pvc / fibreglass, pTFE    2007 / 2008: £3,195




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                                                                                                       gIlbErT & hall

                                                                                                    gilbertGilbertFrank has built
                                                                                                    Charles
                                                                                                            & Hall was established
                                                                                                      in 1908 by
                                                                                                                    and
                                                                                                                         Hall and
                                                                                                                                        strong portfolio of refurbish-
                                                                                                                                        ment and new-build residen-
                                                                                                                                        tial projects located throughout
                                                                                                    its reputation in the Notting-      the Midlands, made a decreased
                                                                                                    ham area.                           pre-tax profit of £295,000 for
                                                                                                       Still a family-owned com-        2007/2008
                                                                                                    pany, Gilbert & Hall focuses on        But Gilbert & Hall saw a 1327.1
                                                                                                    high-density urban regenera-        per cent turnover increase on
                                                                                                    tion work while also continu-       the previous year.
                                                                                                    ing with small bespoke build-
                                                                                                    ing projects for a variety of       n Turnover growth
                                                                                                    clients.                            2003 / 2004: £743
                                                                                                       The company, which has a         2007 / 2008: £4,781



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                                                                                                       cappagh conTracTors
                                                                                                           49
                                                                                                       consTrucTIon (london)


                                                                                                      b
                                                                                                      cappagh
                                                                                                           ased in wimbledon,
                                                                                                           cappagh is a family-owned
                                                                                                                                        county council, Thames water
                                                                                                                                        and the Environment agency are




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                                                                                                       conTracTors
                                                                                                      contractor that has been
                                                                                                      established over 40 years. It
                                                                                                                                        overseeing the transformation
                                                                                                                                        of the old chelsea and lambeth
                                                                                                       consTrucTIon
                                                                                                      has grown significantly through   raw water reservoir into a nature
                                                                                                       (london)
                                                                                                      innovation and investment.
                                                                                                         cappagh offers a range of
                                                                                                                                        reserve.
                                                                                                                                           In 2006, cappagh won the
                                                                                                      services including plant hire,    sustainable waste management
                                                                                                      land remediation, utilities       award from Thames water and
                                                                                                      contracting and aggregates        wrap.
                                                                                                      recycling.


                                  uk wood Floors
                                                                                                         It is currently working on a   n Turnover growth
                                                                                                      major land remediation scheme     2003 / 2004: £2,222
                                                                                                      at East mosley where surrey       2007 / 2008: £14,279



  Farnborough-based UKwood flooring to
                             Wood Floors          Channel 4 show ‘Grand Designs’.

                                                                                                           50                                  51
     supplies and fits solid                        With over 25 years’ experience in the
  residential and commercial premises.            industry, the company says: “We mill our
     Its recent major client base includes:       own flooring, and pride ourselves on the
  The Hoxton Hotel, Berkley Homes, Balfour        ability to ensure quality and value for money
  Beatty, Mews Art Gallery, Lovell Partnership,   throughout the production, supply, fitting
                                                                                                       maghull
  Wetherspoons and Ripley School.                 and finishing process.”                                                                  lEoFrIc
     The business, which employs and trains all     UK Wood Floors recorded a pre-tax profit           consTrucTIon
  its fitters and technicians, carries out over   of £37,000 for 2007/2008, a figure which                                                 sTrucTurEs
  200 installations a year for private            was actually in deficit four years ago.
                                                                                                       company
  residential clients.
     Most notably it fitted oak rustic planks
  over underfloor heating for ‘The Surrey
  Home’ barn conversion, which featured on
                                                  n Turnover growth
                                                  2003 / 2004: £149
                                                  2007 / 2008: £1,003
                                                                                                    maghullincorporated inand is
                                                                                                       pany,
                                                                                                               Construction Com-

                                                                                                    employs around 50 people
                                                                                                                             1983,
                                                                                                                                        Leofric Structures is a long
                                                                                                                                        established industrial and com-
                                                                                                                                        mercial business specialising
                                                                                                    a part of Maghull Group.            in design, supply and erection
                                                                                                       Its focus is partnering with     of steelwork and cladding.
                                                                                                    Maghull Developments, which            The company’s modern fab-

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                                                                                                    is considered a niche mixed-use     rication facilities on two sites
                                                                                                    regenerator, specialising in, but   provide clients with flexibility
                                                                                                    not limited to, the refurbish-      and a shorter delivery time.
                                                                                                    ment of Grade II Listed mills,         Six teams of operatives work
  buIldIng assocIaTEs                                                                               buildings and mixed-use town        around the UK on various
                                                                                                    centre regeneration schemes.        projects.


building Associatesinternaldesign of services
                    offers a range
  including refurbishment,
maintenance, M&E,
                                   and build,
                             and external re-
                                                  Hyde Housing Association.
                                                    It is working on projects of up to £2 million
                                                  in value and pre-tax profit for 2007/2008 came
                                                                                                    n Turnover growth
                                                                                                    2003 / 2004: £784
                                                                                                    2007 / 2008: £4,964
                                                                                                                                        n Turnover growth
                                                                                                                                        2003 / 2004: £204
                                                                                                                                        2007 / 2008: £1,291
decoration, demolition and roofing.               in at £145,000.
  Based in Bexley, the company operates
throughout London and the south-east. Its cli-    n Turnover growth
ent base includes the London Boroughs of Lam-     2003 / 2004: £346                                   sponsored by
beth and Lewisham, South Bank University and      2007 / 2008: £2,317

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       growing companies

      52                             Pre-tax profit for 2007 / 2008
   baTh
   dEmolITIon
                                     £000’s
bprojects ranging fromworks 01 wessex building services
   ath Demolition was incor-
   porated in 1999 and
                                                                                                                                                             63
                                     02      knight real Estate                                                                                              584
on                     small
residential contracts to large
commercial assignments.
   The company offers demoli-
tion and site clearance through-     03      micra contracts                                                                                                 130
out the UK and works in close
partnership with experts in
both health and safety and site      04      programmed maintenance services (uk)                                                                            528
remediation.

n Turnover growth
                                     05      cornhill Interiors                                                                                              256
2003 / 2004: £683                                                                                                                For the rest of the top 10, see page 14
2007 / 2008: £4,207



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                                                                         churchIll                             kEnTEx ElEcTrIc (souThErn)
                                                                         rETIrEmEnT
                                                                         (group)                            Tthe longest Groupa is adivisionproviderservices.construction in-
                                                                                                            is
                                                                                                               he Kentex             utility
                                                                                                               dustry, offering range of integrated
                                                                                                                           running
                                                                                                                                                      for the
                                                                                                                                                              Kentex Electric
                                                                                                                                             of the business, with more than

                                                                     churchillmulti-awardretire-
                                                                        ing is a
                                                                                  Retirement Liv-

                                                                     ning, privately-owned
                                                                                            win-
                                                                                                            35 years in the trade.
                                                                                                               The business originally operated as an electrical contracting
                                                                                                            company serving the needs of local authorities, architects, build-
                                                                     ment house builder, which was          ers and private clients.
                                                                     founded in 1994.                          Kentex not only specialises in standard electrical services such
                                                                                                            as lighting, small power, emergency systems, fire alarms, but has
                                                                     n Turnover growth                      a proven track record in all aspects of security and back up (UPS)
                                                                     2003 / 2004: £5,127                    power systems.
                                                                     2007 / 2008: £31,548                      In 1983, new management introduced a strategy designed to
                                                                                                            guide Kentex towards more commercial and industrial contracts.
                                                                                                            Once an expanded client base had been firmly established, Kentex

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                                                                                                            embarked upon a process of diversification, commencing with the
                                                                                                            introduction of Kentex Networks offering design and build solu-
                                                                                                            tions for IT & Telecommunications cabling systems.
                                                                                                               Most recently, Kentex Services has been set up to provide parti-
                                                                                                            tioning, ceilings, floors and general building works.
                                                                         k. dukE & sons
                                                                                                            n Turnover growth

                                                                      T    he Birmingham-based plas-
                                                                           terer recorded a pre-tax prof-
                                                                      it for 2007/08 of £48,000.
                                                                                                            2003 / 2004: £2,482
                                                                                                            2007 / 2008: £14,429



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                                                                      n Turnover growth
                                                                      2003 / 2004: £231
                                                                      2007 / 2008: £1,396

                                                                                                               hIll holdIngs
        55
                                                                                                            hill in 1999 and operates in
                                                                                                            formed
                                                                                                                   Holdings, based
                                                                                                               Chingford, London, was
                                                                                                                                      in
                                                                                                                                               to meet individual clients’
                                                                                                                                               requirements.
                                                                                                                                                 Current turnover for the
   scomac sErvIcEs                                                                                          the affordable housing sector.     group, which includes sister de-
                                                                                                              The company says it has de-      velopment business Hill Resi-

launchedScomacby David Scott and David Mc-
   Closkey,
            in 1998
                    Services is a dedicated build-
ing services company specialising in electrical
                                                     software from ACT! to provide a quality control
                                                     tool to monitor key events during the life of a
                                                     project, as well as providing real time contact
                                                                                                            veloped significant expertise,
                                                                                                            using its technical knowl-
                                                                                                            edge and experience of mod-
                                                                                                                                               dential is around £100 million.

                                                                                                                                               n Turnover growth
and mechanical engineering.                          and financial information.                             ern methods of construction,       2003 / 2004: £10,790
  Scomac has in-house CAD facilities and an             Scomac Services’ 2007/2008 pre-tax profit was       to deliver tailored projects       2007 / 2008: £62,535
installed ViXEN Software suite, which allows         £480,000.
for web access to client accounts and real-time
progress of engineers, who communicate with          n Turnover growth
the with the office.                                 2003 / 2004: £827                                        sponsored by
  The company also uses the latest CRM database      2007 / 2008: £4,935

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   sTonEbEEch buIldErs




                                                                        “
sHe runsbackground was establishedservices.byson StuartPearson,
  tonebeech Builders
  whose              is in financial
                                     in 2002 Malcolm

         the business with his wife Carol and           as com-
                                                                               Its first
                                                                               project was
pany secretary and director respectively.
  Its first project was just three houses. This year it is building a
                                                                        just three houses;
development of 17 apartments in Cannock.                                this year it is
n Turnover growth
                                                                        building 17
2003 / 2004: £303                                                       apartments”
2007 / 2008: £1,753



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                                                         Its ventures include a £41 million restora-

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                                                      tion programme for the English National Opera
                                                      and a new mixed-use development opposite St
                                                      Katharine’s Dock in London.
                                                         Current pre-tax profit came in at £182,000,
   lancsvIllE consTrucTIon                            while turnover has increased by 12.2 per cent
                                                      from the previous year.

middlesex-based contractor Lancsville estab-
   lished itself over 30 years ago and works across
London and the Home Counties on projects for
                                                      n Turnover growth
                                                      2003 / 2004: £12,001
                                                                                                          SPONSOR: B&CE BENEFIT SCHEMES
                                                                                                          b&cE is dedicated to improving the personal and
private and public sector clients.                    2007 / 2008: £68,628                                financial wellbeing of everyone in construction.
                                                                                                            our origins go back more than 65 years, when b&cE
                                                                                                          was set up as a not-for-profit organisation to provide
                                                                                                          paid holiday for construction workers who moved
       60                                  61                                                             frequently between jobs.
                                                                                                            b&cE are now the specialist provider of financial
                                                                                                          benefits to the uk construction industry. we are part of
                                                                                                          the industry’s infrastructure, responsible for £440
   monarch                             grEaT holm (sTEEl)                                                 million of operative funds.
   rooFIng                                                                                                  we work closely with a number of skilled investment

                                     sNow fixercompany, Miltonup in 1999 securing £100,000 of busi-
                                       teel     James Ward set
                                       ness in his first year.
                                                                                                          managers and advisers to ensure these funds are
                                                                                                          prudently managed. we never forget that the welfare

Established in 2001,buildings
ing for all types of
                     Monarch
   Roofing specialises in roof-
                                            his
                                     six permanent employees and provides work for up to 80 self-em-
                                     ployed steel-fixers.
                                                               Keynes-based Great Holm Steel, has         of many people is in our hands.
                                                                                                            our aim is to continue to provide cost effective
                                                                                                          benefits under the cIJc Industry wide agreement. b&cE
from natural Cotswold stone            Operating mainly within a 60 mile radius of Milton Keynes,         already provide Easy build, the uk’s most popular
roofing to modern types.             Great Holm is working on a couple of large hotel construction        stakeholder pension scheme (source: pensions world,
  The company, which made            projects in central London.                                          2006), and our construction operative holiday pay
a pre-tax profit of £62,000 for        “My rule of thumb is not to put all my eggs in one basket,” says   scheme is the largest in the uk.




                                                                        “
2007/2008, also provides consul-     Mr Ward. “We have several re-                                          but there are other areas in which we feel we can
tancy, quotations and advice for     peat customers but also a lot of            My rule of               help improve the financial security of construction
all roofing needs.                   one-off customers.”                                                  operatives and we intend to use our expertise to
                                                                               thumb is not               develop products specifically for their benefit during
n Turnover growth                    n Turnover growth                  to put all my eggs                2008.
2003 / 2004: £244                    2003 / 2004: £419                                                      The Treasury has announced the withdrawal of the
2007 / 2008: £1,389                  2007 / 2008: £2,351                into one basket”                  national Insurance (n.I.) concession on holiday pay but
                                                                                                          the construction industry has a further five years in
                                                                                                          which to claim this valuable concession.
                                                                                                            b&cE will endeavour to make every single
       62                                  63                                                             construction employer in the uk aware of this limited
                                                                                                          opportunity to provide unique and cost effective
                                                                                                          benefits for their employees before it is finally
                                                                                                          withdrawn in 2012.
   klIma                               ardmac / pcI                                                         The industry had a vision
   undErFloor                                                                                             of the future 65 years ago.
   hEaTIng                           ardmac /andthe business is anand industrial interiors market.
                                       rooms,
                                               PCI is a specialist contractor for cleanrooms, sterile

                                     Ownership of
                                                  the commercial
                                                                     even partnership between Ard-
                                                                                                          Today, that vision has been
                                                                                                          realised and surpassed.
                                                                                                          Tomorrow, it will be

klima’s andmaterials.isunder-
    import
            business

floor heating
              supply of
                         the         mac Group and PCI Incorporated.
                                        Regular on-site training and induction for employees ensures
                                     the highest standards of workmanship, safety and compliance to
                                                                                                          enhanced and improved. The
                                                                                                          future looks good with
                                                                                                          b&cE.
   The company, based in             clients’ GMP facility requirements.
Aberfeldy, recorded a pre-              The Manchester-based company produces fit-outs and multi-         www.bandce.co.uk
tax profit of £99,000 for the        trade package contracts for the commercial sector. It also offers
latest financial year, an £80,000    fast-track retail fit-outs and uses its relationships with leading
increase on the previous one.        international construction specialists for industrial projects.

n Turnover growth                    n Turnover growth
2003 / 2004: £182                    2003 / 2004: £2,098                                                  sponsored by
2007 / 2008: £1,005                  2007 / 2008: £11,386

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       the 100 fastest
       growing companies
                                                     services installation company’s client base in-

      64                                             cludes local authorities, housing associations,
                                                     house builders and also private customers.
                                                       Mr Carlton is assisted by Dave Britton, who
                                                                                                                 67
                                                     has been contracts manager for 18 years and Pat
                                                     Geary, contracts supervisor for the last 9 years.
   aspEn hEaTIng                                       Aspen recorded a pre-tax profit of £559,000 for
                                                                                                             shapcoTT & vIncEnT consTrucTIon
                                                     2007/2008, an increase from £356,000 the year

ESwanley, but sinceby Billhas occupiedpremises
in
   stablished in 1976      Carlton, Aspen Heat-
   ing originally worked from a small
                      1996             an office
                                                     before.

                                                     n Turnover growth
                                                                                                          dorchester-basedmillion2002,
                                                                                                                              Shapcott &
                                                                                                             Vincent, founded in
                                                                                                          has built up a £1.3      gen-
                                                                                                                                             ing its profits and having zero
                                                                                                                                             borrowings.
                                                                                                                                                Last year, Shapcott & Vincent
and warehouse site in Sidcup, too.                   2003 / 2004: £721                                    eral contracting business with a   acquired Portex, a Portland-
  The plumbing, heating and mechanical               2007 / 2008: £3,891                                  focus on commercial, industrial    based manufacturer of recon-
                                                                                                          and public sector contracts.       stituted stone products.
                                                                                                            Co-founder and joint man-

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                                                                                                          aging director Silas Shapcott      n Turnover growth
                                                                                                          says the company has grown         2003 / 2004: £236
                                                                                                          organically through re-invest-     2007 / 2008: £1,267

   FErnmac
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F   ernmac’s speciality is infrared asphalt patch-
    ing and asphalt sealcoating to extend the life
of roads, footpaths and asphalt surfaced areas.
                                                       Established in 2002, Fernmac is privately
                                                     owned and is associated by common directors
                                                     and shareholders to the Fernwood Group.
   The Nottingham-based company is the
                                                                                                             cdl parTITIons
exclusive UK distributor for Keizer-Morris           n Turnover growth
infrared patching machinery and Sealmaster
equipment and liquids.
                                                     2003 / 2004: £200
                                                     2007 / 2008: £1,081                                  gwynedd-based dryprofit ofcontractor–CDLincrease from £92,000a
                                                                                                             2007/2008 pre-tax
                                                                                                          the year before.
                                                                                                                               lining
                                                                                                                                      £140,000 an
                                                                                                                                                   Partitions recorded


                                                                                                            Turnover has grown by 65.9 per cent in the last year.

  SPONSOR – NATIONAL FEDERATION OF
  BuILDERS
                                                                             66                           n Turnover growth – 2003 / 2004: £376; 2007 / 2008: £1,977



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  growth, glorious growth - there’s nothing more satisfying
  than success. Except it’s not always that straightforward,
  as any expanding business will tell you.                               mEars
    protecting and sustaining growth is the biggest
  challenge of all: how to maintain the upward trajectory
  while keeping an eye on the detail.
    keeping up with legislation, ensuring your workforce’s
                                                                      mears with asocial housing
                                                                          repair and maintenance
                                                                      provider
                                                                               is a

                                                                                     growing pres-
                                                                                                             donaghy
  skills are up to date, improving quality procedures,
  addressing sustainability, understanding changing
  procurement routes, marketing your business and, above
                                                                      ence in the domiciliary care
                                                                      market. The company also has
                                                                      a subsidiary mechanical and
                                                                                                          while centin its latest pre-tax profits, turnoverhasbusiness.a
                                                                                                               decrease
                                                                                                          by 8.5 per
                                                                                                                     general contractor Donaghy                  seen
                                                                                                                                                            has increased
                                                                                                                        on the past year for the Glasgow-based
  all, controlling costs – all of these issues require constant       engineering division.
  attention if businesses are to preserve their growth and               Mears has long-term con-         n Turnover growth – 2003 / 2004: £3,133; 2007 / 2008: £16,267
  translate top line success into bottom line profitability.          tracts for repair and mainte-
    It is often when a company is experiencing fast growth            nance work, Decent Homes

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  that they benefit from value-added support.                         Standard upgrading, domi-
    That’s where we come in. as the uk’s leading specialist           ciliary care and improve-                                              v&s
  trade body for construction, the nFb has over 100 years’            ment projects for community                                            FabrIcaTIons
  experience of supporting small and medium-sized                     spaces.
  companies.                                                             It carries out more than 3,000
    Today, over 1,500 businesses rely on us for our support
  and services: free legal and technical helplines, access to
  discounted employee training courses, business
                                                                      repairs each day to 500,000
                                                                      houses nationwide and pro-
                                                                      vides domiciliary care to over
                                                                                                          pre-tax profitsfabrications and develops property.in at £104,000
                                                                                                                           for the latest financial year came
                                                                                                             for the Leicestershire business that manufactures and erects
                                                                                                          structural steel
  improvement advice, instant email notification of                   13,000 people per year.
  legislation and regulation affecting your business,                    The business started life in     n Turnover growth – 2003 / 2004: £757; 2007 / 2008: £3,910
  procurement support, client networking... the list goes on.         1988 as a small private build-
    all delivered from a single source via our network of             ing contractor and by 1992 was

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  seven regional offices and support teams across England             turning over £2.5 million.
  and wales.                                                             In 2005, turnover reached                                           T&k
    you can also trust us to fight your corner. we represent          £203.5 million and its order                                           gallaghEr
  the collective views of our members at the highest levels,          book exceeded £1 billion for the
  influencing policy formation in brussels, whitehall and             first time.
  town halls to help sustain effective working conditions
  for small and medium sized firms in uk construction.
    what’s more, our membership packages offer businesses
                                                                      n Turnover growth
                                                                      2003 / 2004: £33,076
                                                                                                          m2000 by husband &up
                                                                                                          in
                                                                                                             anchester-based T
                                                                                                             Gallagher was set
                                                                                                                                 K

                                                                                                                               and
                                                                                                                                               T & K Gallagher recorded a
                                                                                                                                             pre-tax profit of £274,000 for
                                                                                                                                             2007/2008 and saw turnover
  a genuine value for money solution at a fixed annual cost.          2007 / 2008: £177,989               wife team Tom and Karen            increase by 67.6 per cent on the




                                                                      “
    our long-standing role as a supporter of - and partner                                                Gallagher.                         previous year.
  to - fast-growing contractors made us the ideal sponsor                    In 2005,                       The company, which spe-
  for this important initiative. congratulations to all those                                             cialises in highways and           n Turnover growth
  featured in this year’s league, including members of the                   turnover                     utilities work, operates from      2003 / 2004: £5,010
  nFb. next year, why not join them?
    For membership enquiries, please
                                                                      reached £203.5                      the Midlands and north-west.       2007 / 2008: £25,143

  call: 0870 8500 753 or email                                        million and
  info@builders.org.uk
  www.builders.org.uk
                                                                      Mears’ order book                     sponsored by
                                                                      exceeded £1 billion”

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   kElTbray

withtrading,than 30demo-a
     in
        more          years
               Keltbray is
well-known specialist
lition and civil engineering
company in the UK, which di-
rectly employs more than 500
staff.
   The contractor, solely owned
by Brendan Kerr since 2003,
has a successful track record of
managing confined city-centre
developments. Its services in-
clude pre-construction advice,
groundworks, de-construction
and demolition.
   In addition to joint ventures
with other specialist contrac-
tors, it forms partnerships on
a specific project basis, direct
with contractors and clients.
   It was awarded contracts
worth £13 million for the
Fenchurch Street project in
London.

n Turnover growth
2003 / 2004: £15,159
2007 / 2008: £75,318



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   ElITE homEs group
                                                                                                             maclEod consTrucTIon
luxury house builderbasedHomes saysbrand
   adopted a strategy
                       Elite
                             on strong
                                       it has          than 900 staff, many of whom are specialists
                                                       from a wide range of professions.
values that focus on customers’ demands and
aspirations.
  Bovis Homes Group acquired Elite Homes in
                                                       n Turnover growth
                                                       2003 / 2004: £11,775
                                                                                                           macLeoda range oftimberwas established inlargestLochgilphead
                                                                                                                       Construction
                                                                                                                manufactures
                                                                                                           factory for
                                                                                                                                                       1975. The company
                                                                                                                                    frame house kits in its
                                                                                                                              house designs and is the        timber frame
October 2007 and the group now employs more            2007 / 2008: £58,397                                design and manufacturer in the area.
                                                                                                             Houses are built on the client’s own site or on one of the com-
                                                                                                           pany’s developments. In addition to house designs, MacLeod

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                                                                                                           offers a range of PVC windows and conservatories, plus property
                                                                                                           for sale or rent. It also owns two quarries.
                                                                                                             Past property developments include 24 flats and eight shops
                                                                                                           built in Victoria St, Rothesay, which were completed in 2005. The
                                                                                                           development was built in partnership with Community Scotland
   kEn dIxon brIckwork                                                                                     and Fyne Homes. And Achahoish Primary School was built for
                                                                                                           Argyll & Bute Council and finished in 2006.

rauthority buildings to bespoke projects, recorded a pre-tax profit of £17,000 for 2007/2008.
   ochester-based contractor Ken Dixon Brickwork, which takes on major work from local                       Current ventures include the Fernoch Crescent Extension, a
                                                                                                           housing development in Lochgilphead comprising three and four
                                                                                                           bedroom detached houses.
n Turnover growth – 2003 / 2004: £269; 2007 / 2008: £1,321                                                   Plots are still available and come with total control heating,
                                                                                                           double glazed windows and a National House-Building Council
                                                                                                           ten year guarantee.

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                                                                                                             MacLeod Construction deals with a range of estate agents who
                                                                                                           arrange the sale of properties in its developments. A number of
                                                                                                           properties are available for rent around the Lochgilphead area.
                                                                                                             The company also has a team of fitters who install windows,
                                                                                                           doors and conservatories.
   dElcon consTrucTIon
                                                                                                           n Turnover growth

d   elcon specialises in high quality projects in
    the retail, residential, restaurant and art gal-
lery sectors. Its clients range from Cartier and
                                                       deliver on time and within budget.
                                                         Delcon says it is “committed to the creation of
                                                       long-term client relationships”.
                                                                                                           2003 / 2004: £3,222
                                                                                                           2007 / 2008: £15,954

Versace to private residential clients.
   The company attributes its success to uncom-        n Turnover growth
promising adherence to the highest standards           2003 / 2004: £2,100                                   sponsored by
of quality but also to its determination to always     2007 / 2008: £10,206

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       the 100 fastest
       growing companies

       77                            Pre-tax profit for 2007 / 2008
   archEr- hoblIn                    £000’s
Established in 1990,afforda-
                       Archer
   Hoblin specialises in de-

                                     06       direct plant services                                                                                     308
sign-and-build for the
ble housing market and “special
works”, which incorporates un-
derpinning, retrofit basements
and new build.                       07       herbosch-kiere marine contractors                                                                         647
   The company prides itself on
an ability to combine tradition-
al building skills with modern
                                     08       gkr logistics                                                                                             231
and innovative methods.
   Its social housing division
has built over 200 residential
                                     09       beechways developments                                                                                    27
units in the past three years
and the company plans to ex-         10       sumo services                                                                                             2
pand this area of its business to
200 units per year by 2010.

n Turnover growth
2003 / 2004: £1,725
2007 / 2008: £8,310
                                           79                                                                  82                          Trinitythanbeen tradingand
                                                                                                                                              more
                                                                                                                                                     has
                                                                                                                                                          seven years
                                                                                                                                                                      for

                                                                                                                                           during this time has completed
                                                                                                                                           varied projects from commer-
                                                                                                                                           cial offices to fish farms with
                                        Jps InsulaTIon sErvIcEs
       78                                                                                                  TrInITy
                                                                                                                                           a total value approaching £50
                                                                                                                                           million.

                                    J PS Insulation Services spe-
                                      cialises in all aspects of
                                                                         Its main client base includes
                                                                       Crosby Homes, NHS, Glaxo
                                                                                                           EnvIronmEnTal
                                                                                                           sErvIcEs
                                                                                                                                              The company operates
                                                                                                                                           throughout the whole of the
   a FramE                          thermal, acoustic and fire-rated
                                    insulation and electrical trace
                                                                       SmithKline, JJB Sport, Bal-
                                                                       four Kilpatrick, Bentley Mo-
                                                                                                                                           UK with project management
                                                                                                                                           staff based in the south-east,




                                                                                                         “
   ErEcTors                         heating systems.                   tors, Hilton Group, Cadbury                                         the Midlands and the north.
                                      The Birmingham-based com-        Schweppes, Ann Summers and               Trading for                   Trinty says it has a reputa-

T   he north-west-based join-
    ery provider made £91,000
in pre-tax profit for 2007/2008.
                                    pany provides a nationwide
                                    service comprising facilities
                                    management, mechanical and
                                                                       Cancer Research.
                                                                         Pre-tax profit for the latest
                                                                       year was £202,000.
                                                                                                                over seven
                                                                                                         years, varied
                                                                                                                                           tion for tackling complex non-
                                                                                                                                           standard projects and believes
                                                                                                                                           its rapid growth is the result of
                                    heating contractors, build-                                                                            its ability to appreciate its cli-
n Turnover growth                   ing services companies, waste      n Turnover growth                 projects include                  ents’ needs and objectives.
2003 / 2004: £236                   management specialists and         2003 / 2004: £290                 commercial offices                   Pre-tax profit for the year is
2007 / 2008: £1,136                 water treatment plants.            2007 / 2008: £1,395                                                 £311,000.
                                                                                                         to fish farms with a
                                                                                                         total value of £50                n Turnover growth

       80                                                               83                               million”                          2003 / 2004: £1,931
                                                                                                                                           2007 / 2008: £9,057


   rExco uk
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nottinghamshire-based-Rexco UK’s grow byas62.1 per cent. on
                                    pre-tax profit remained
  £301,000 for 2007/2008 exactly the same last year.
 But the building firm saw turnover                                                                        hEronwaTEr
n Turnover growth
                                                                                                           buIldIng conTracTs
2003 / 2004: £361
2007 / 2008: £1,724
                                                                                                         specialising renovationwest
                                                                                                            residential
                                                                                                                        in high quality

                                                                                                         refurbishment projects,
                                                                                                                                   and
                                                                                                                                           with many sub-contractors.
                                                                                                                                             In recent years, Heronwa-
                                                                                                                                           ter has taken on several larger

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                                                                                                         London-based Heronwater of-       design and build contracts but
                                                                                                         fers a full design and build,     works exclusively in London.
                                                                                                         project management, interior        An increase in pre-tax profit
                                                                                                         design, consultancy and land-     was recorded for the latest fi-
                                                                                                         scaping service to private cli-   nancial year – £19,000 grew to
   aQuaplan                                                                                              ents.                             £93,000.
                                                                                                           The company, which was set

commercial performance flat roofs and spe-
   stalls high
               roofing specialist Aquaplan in-

cialist cladding system to the commercial and
                                                     ance-backed manufacturer’s warranty of up to
                                                     25 years.
                                                       The company stands to make £27,000 pre-tax
                                                                                                         up six years ago, currently em-
                                                                                                         ploys 25 tradesmen and has es-
                                                                                                         tablished strong relationships
                                                                                                                                           n Turnover growth
                                                                                                                                           2003 / 2004: £399
                                                                                                                                           2007 / 2008: £1,854
industrial market nationwide.                        profit this year.
  Established over 40 years ago, the Cardiff-based
company is an approved contractor and install-       n Turnover growth
er committed to the supply and fix of guaran-        2003 / 2004: £361                                     sponsored by
teed systems, which are supported by an insur-       2007 / 2008: £1,698

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                                                                                                                       from last night’s launch of the ‘fast-list’, which featured
                                                                                                                       a welcoming speech by ODA chairman John Armitt




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                                                                                                               graham
   grangEbury                                                            proFIlE
                                                                                                               buIldIng                               sEh holdIngs
                                                                         shopFITTIng
                                                                                                               conTracTors
self-employed owner-operator William Dawhire services to con- profile Shopfitting launched croydon-based Grahamestab- sEHGraham Emmerson1971
   in 2000 to provide groundworks and plant
tractors in the south-west.
                                              set up Grangebury

                                                                    in 1995 to specifically cater    ing Contractors was
                                                                                                                           Build-
                                                                                                                                    by
                                                                                                                                        was established in
                                                                                                                                                           and
  The company works extensively with local firms, such as Midas for the pharmacy sector.          lished as a family run firm in Colin Hewitt who formed the
Group on developments from housing to commercial. Grangebury            Today, it provides services to      1980 and is now a well-known           original civil engineering
also has a plant-hire division, WMD & Sons Plant Hire.                the retail industry and has on-       general building contractor op-        company SEH (Ipswich).
  Located in Liskeard, Cornwall, the company now employs 10           going business relationships          erating across south London.             The group has grown
people and recorded a pre-tax profit of £103,000 for 2007/2008.       with a large number of blue-             Specialising in refurbishment       steadily through expansion
                                                                      chip multiple retail clients.         and modernisation of domestic          and, latterly, through
n Turnover growth                                                       The company has grown sub-          properties, the firm prides itself     acquisition having recently
2003 / 2004: £279                                                     stantially and now has 23,000         on being able to project-manage        bought French Construction
2007 / 2008: £1,280                                                   sq ft of joinery manufacturing        each contract – large or small –       and Jackson.
                                                                      space and warehousing and             from start to finish in close con-       Today the SEH Group
                                                                      deals with large projects.            sultation with the client.             employs over 600 people.

       85                                                             n Turnover growth
                                                                      2003 / 2004: £2,128
                                                                                                            n Turnover growth
                                                                                                            2003 / 2004: £225
                                                                                                                                                   n Turnover growth
                                                                                                                                                   2003 / 2004: £28,618
                                                                      2007 / 2008: £9,640                   2007 / 2008: £1,019                    2007 / 2008: £129,454

   cEl buIldIng sErvIcEs
                                                                             91
set uphas carvedfit-out.Mark Richardsonitself in the area of com-
  CEL
         by electrician

mercial property
                    a profitable niche for
                                           in 1995, Surbiton-based


   Operating almost exclusively within the M25 area, approxi-            schnEIdEr (gb)
mately 90 per cent of the company’s work is in the City of London,
says commercial director Peter Kirkham.
   Now employing 300 staff and currently turning over £14 mil-
lion, CEL has grown rapidly through its ability to mobilise quickly
                                                                       o   ver the past six years, schneider (gb) has
                                                                           become well-known in the uk’s bespoke
                                                                       cladding and curtain walling market. It is a wholly-
                                                                                                                               pharmaceuticals’ hQ in welwyn won the bco
                                                                                                                               awards for best office building and achieved an
                                                                                                                               excellent brEEam rating.
and work in parallel with several leading fit-out contractors such     owned subsidiary of leading german company gebr           pre-tax profit for the year came in at £233,000.
as Overbury and ISG.                                                   schneider gmbh.
                                                                          schneider has worked on a number of notable uk       n Turnover growth
n Turnover growth                                                      projects including the bankside 123 contract in         2003 / 2004: £5,973
2003 / 2004: £3,113                                                    southwark street, london. Its scheme for roche          2007 / 2008: £26,944
2007 / 2008: £14,236



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   norThFIEld consTrucTIon                                                                                                                            hIll
                                                                                                                                                      parTnErshIps
nottingham-based Northfield wasbackgroundreinforced concrete structures for
  and Phil Bryan who both had a
                                 founded in 2000 by partners Duncan Oughton

 Today the company’s speciality is in-situ
                                            in concrete construction.
                                                                                                                                                   Establishedoperates in ItsPart-
                                                                                                                                                      nerships
                                                                                                                                                                 in 1999, Hill
                                                                                                                                                                            the af-
commercial, industrial and public sector clients. Focusing on the building side of                                                                 fordable housing sector. pri-
the industry, it declines civil engineering projects.                                                                                              mary focus is on the delivery of
  Operating throughout the East Midlands and up to Leeds, Northfield employs                                                                       homes, including new build, es-
600 people and its latest pre-tax profit came in at £801,000.                                                                                      tate regeneration projects and
                                                                                                                                                   refurbishment/decent homes
n Turnover growth                                                                                                                                  schemes.
2003 / 2004: £5,007                                                                                                                                   Hill says it has developed
2007 / 2008: £22,873                                                                                                                               significant expertise, using its




                                                                                                            “
                                                                                                                                                   technical knowledge and ex-
                                                                                                                   Founded                         perience of modern methods

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                                                    six regional house building divisions in the UK,                                               of construction.
                                                    plus Space Developments, formed in 1997 as a be-               over 100                           Turnover (including sister
                                                    spoke developer specialising in urban residen-
                                                    tial developments, and Hargreaves, a contracting
                                                                                                            years ago,                             development firm Hill Residen-
                                                                                                                                                   tial) is around £100 million.
                                                    business operating in the north-west.                   McInerney Group
   mcInErnEy group                                     McInerney is growing rapidly in the UK
                                                                                                            now has six house                      n Turnover growth
                                                    through its acquisitions. Last year, it purchased                                              2003 / 2004: £13,020
                                                    north-east house builder Lancing Homes and in           building divisions”                    2007 / 2008: £58,017

The McInerney Group is thepropertyindeveloper
  leading Irish international
                              UK subsidiary of

McInerney Holdings which operates Ireland,
                                                    2006, it acquired Bowey Homes.

                                                    n Turnover growth
Spain and the UK.                                   2003 / 2004: £33,400                                      sponsored by
  Founded over 100 years ago, the group now has     2007 / 2008: £151,665

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       growing companies

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   ForEFronT conTracTIng                                                                                       urban splash

acivilSouthend-based Forefront offerscontrac-
    tor,
         engineering and streetworks
                                        a range
of services including reinstatement, specialised
                                                     Alliance Partners Skanska McNicholas, recorded
                                                     a pre-tax profit of £1.4 million for 2007/2008.        urban and is awas set up in
                                                                                                               1993
                                                                                                                    Splash
                                                                                                                           well-known
                                                                                                            developer and regeneration
                                                                                                                                               the company has carried out
                                                                                                                                               landmark developments in
                                                                                                                                               Liverpool, Manchester, Shef-
drilling, metering and flow-stop operations.         n Turnover growth                                      specialist with a strong track     field and Bradford.
  The company, which forms part of the highly        2003 / 2004: £3,581                                    record in transforming decay-         It often employs leading ar-
successful Gas Alliance in north London with         2007 / 2008: £15,770                                   ing industrial buildings into      chitects including Norman Fos-
                                                                                                            modern apartments.                 ter and Glenn Howells.
                                                                                                              The company also carries out

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                                                                                                            new build projects in inner-city
                                                                                                            environments. Concentrating
                                                                                                            on the north-west of England,
                                                                                                                                               n Turnover growth
                                                                                                                                               2003 / 2004: £13,897
                                                                                                                                               2007 / 2008: £57,251

   casTlE
                                       mammoET uk
   scaFFoldIng                                                                                                     100
with over 30 years’forCastle mspecialistUK is a subsidiary
     ence, Bath-based
provides scaffolding
                     experi-

                       com- ing
                                ammoet
                                of leading Dutch heavy lift-
                                          Mammoet BV.
                                                                       this year. Mammoet UK was
                                                                       created in 2000 by the acqui-
                                                                       sition of rival Dutch company
                                                                                                               Frank haslam mIlan
mercial and domestic proper-           The UK operation is based in    Van Seumeren.
ties in a variety of sectors.
   It offers short-term and long-
term hire services in the south-
                                    Billingham and has a fleet of 70
                                    mobile telescopic cranes rang-
                                    ing from 10 tonnes to 500 tonne
                                                                          The company’s latest pre-
                                                                       tax profits broke the £1 million
                                                                       barrier for the first time in four
                                                                                                            FHM public sectorinhousing
                                                                                                               furbishment and construc-
                                                                                                            tion of
                                                                                                                    specialises  the re-         The Doncaster-based busi-
                                                                                                                                               ness, founded in 1928 by Frank
                                                                                                                                               Haslam and Ernest Milan, re-
west.                               lifting capacity.                  years.                               throughout Yorkshire and the       corded a pre-tax profit of £16.6
                                       Its heavy crane division is                                          Midlands.                          million for 2007/2008, which is
n Turnover growth                   based at the Leeds depot and       n Turnover growth                       Part of community regenera-     almost double the amount of
2003 / 2004: £351                   is due to take delivery of a new   2003 / 2004: £4,332                  tion specialist Keepmoat, Frank    the previous year.
2007 / 2008: £1,541                 Liebherr LTM 12000 crane later     2007 / 2008: £18,352                 Haslam Milan works closely
                                                                                                            with local authorities, housing    n Turnover growth
                                                                                                            associations and other regis-      2003 / 2004: £45,800

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                                                                                                            tered social landlords.            2007 / 2008: £186,648




                                                                          vITpol
   bE surE buIldIng
                                                                          buIldIng
   & maInTEnancE sErvIcEs
                                                                          sErvIcEs

Established as aBe Sure Build-
   pany in 2000,
                 limited com-

ing & Maintenance Services
                                    installations, door widening
                                    and construction of single-sto-
                                    rey extensions.
                                                                         l   ondon-based vitpol
                                                                             building services was
                                                                         founded by vitek szamfeber
started out as a convention-          Clients of the business, which     in 1999 to carry out building
al refurbishment contractor         made a pre-tax profit of £32,000     and maintenance work for
operating in the Thurrock area      for 2007/2008, include Essex So-     private clients.
of Essex.                           cial Services and six regional          It has its own joinery works
   Today, over 50 per cent of the   borough councils.                    and sister marble and stone
firm’s workload is in the spe-                                           company and takes on
cialised area of disabled access    n Turnover growth                    contracts ranging from
and includes installation of        2003 / 2004: £341                    £150,000 to £4 million.
ramps, kitchen and bathroom         2007 / 2008: £1,432                     services include the
                                                                         provision of specialist steel
                                                                         and leadwork, glass


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                                                                         extensions and bespoke
                                                                         kitchens and bathrooms.
                                                                            vitpol says the
                                                                         “recommendations of its
                                                                         clients” secures all work,
   kIEly bros                                                            such as the joinery and
                                                                         refurbishment of shortwood
                                                                         manor in peterborough.

kiely Bros’contracting road
   surface
skip hire.
            business is
                        and
                                    ply chain partner to several
                                    maintenance contractors, too.
                                       Following the acquisition
                                                                            The company, which
                                                                         employs 13 full-time staff,
                                                                         recorded a pre-tax profit of
   The privately-owned compa-       of Tarmac Johnston Material          £279,000 for 2007/2008 -
ny offers almost 40 years’ expe-    Services in 2003, the company        well over double the amount
rience of surface dressing.         added NIMPACTOcote to its            made four years ago.
   Steady growth has been           treatment range.
realised through the develop-                                            n Turnover growth
ment of ongoing relationships       n Turnover growth                    2003 / 2004: £853
with many local authorities.        2003 / 2004: £4,275                  2007 / 2008: £3,515                  sponsored by
   Kiely Bros is a principal sup-   2007 / 2008: £17,768

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