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71 construction companies make fastest growing list

A report recently published from the London Stock Exchange, ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’, has 71 construction companies among its entries. The report assesses the performances of the UK's leading SMEs and covers over 100 sectors.

In the UK there are over 4.5 million SMEs, ranging from small local stores to major exporters. Following the recession, they have been largely responsible for regenerating the economy. They have shown determination to succeed and a willingness to invest in their businesses, creating new roles and expanding into new areas.

Rather than look at traditional data to assess the growth of a business, this report instead analysed a wide range of information using Growth Intelligence software. This covers a variety of data, including the increase in employee numbers, a business' intellectual property, the number of patents filed and the increase in office space. In order to make it onto the list, a business not only had to exhibit growth in revenue, but it also had to have performed better than others within the industry in a number of these areas.

Overall, the companies who are in the top 1,000 are spread fairly evenly across the country. The report highlights certain centres of excellence, with different regions doing particularly well in specific sectors.

The construction industry
There are a total of 71 construction companies in the top 1,000, with revenues of between £6 and £250 million. When individual regions are analysed, the construction sector was the leading industry in 6 of the 12 areas; North West, Wales, Northern Ireland, South West, North East and Scotland. Companies on the list range from well-known names to more niche businesses that specialise in specific areas.

Eric Wright Group
This Preston-based business employs 500 people and has an annual turnover of £150 million. The business covers construction, civil engineering, commercial and residential property development and facilities management; the construction sector accounts for two thirds of the turnover. The business is almost 50% owned by a charitable trust and they strive to be an ethical and sustainable company. One of its key features is that it ploughs some of the profits back into the local community, including funding projects for young disadvantaged people and providing training for local GCSE students. Their recent projects have included building a new stadium for Saracens Rugby Club and the construction of a £12.25 million engineering block for Lancaster University.

Robertson Group
This is a privately owned portfolio of individual companies, including construction, property development, timber engineering, facilities management and capital projects investment. The overall group has an annual turnover of more than £226.5 million. Robertson Construction Group is made up of four regionalised construction companies. These cover central, eastern and northern Scotland, as well as the north of England. The main focus of the business is on the construction and renovation of schools, hospitals, police stations, retail spaces and office buildings. They have been involved in projects of varying sizes, including building the £7 million Preparatory School for Glasgow Academy, the £13 million Scottish Natural Heritage Headquarters and the £500,000 mash house extension at The Glenmorangie Distillery.

McCallan Brothers Limited
Based in Northern Ireland, this business has grown to an annual turnover of
£8.3 million. Its principle services include demolition, dismantling, civil engineering, brickworks, facade retention and archaeological attendance. They provide support for customers from the initial planning stages through to completion of a project. Their work has included ground works and facade retention for the Grand Canal Quay in Dublin; demolition of both the Belfast and Dublin Gasworks; and they handled a number of services during the demolition of Queens Building in Belfast.

Overall this report highlights that Britain's recovery is dominated by a mixture of traditional industries and new enterprises. Many of these businesses have grown at speeds that have outperformed some of the world's biggest names.

With an established recruitment record Anderselite is ideally placed to support the jobs boost which has been generated across the growing construction and civil engineering industry.

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