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Managing director Seamus Shields, 51, had only £27 in his pocket when he hitchhiked from Ireland to Britain in 1983. The construction firm he founded 10 years later provides groundworks and civil engineering services for residential and commercial developments. In June, the business went into partnership with the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity to provide support to young patients and their families in the west of Scotland. Sales grew to £200.8m last year, and profits rose 76% to £20.6m.

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Company details
CompanyAdvance Construction Group
ActivityConstruction services provider
LocationNorth Lanarkshire
Sales £m200.8
Operating profit £m20.6
Main shareholdersShields family (100%)

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* supplied by company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda