This family-owned company was started in 1951 to help rebuild the UK’s electrical infrastructure after the Second World War. It is led by chief executive Steve Hollingshead, 61, and undertakes civil and mechanical engineering projects. It worked on a loss-making project in 2014, which dented profits, but they grew back more than sixfold last year, to £15.4m, thanks to the successful completion of several long-term projects, including the £260m construction of the Crossrail Thames tunnel. The group plans to generate £2bn of sales by 2025.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank5
CompanyMurphy
ActivityCivil engineering contractor
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*613.9
Operating profit £m*15.4
Main shareholdersMurphy family (100%)
Staff3,206
Founded1992
Websitewww.murphygroup.co.uk

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