This third-generation timber business was founded by Arnold Laver when he returned from serving in the first world war. Times were hard and he made his initial deliveries by horse and cart, demanding cash upfront. Now headed by grandson Andrew, Arnold Laver Timber World imports wood from Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltics for a network of 14 British depots, and also supplies construction firms. Profits have grown 50% a year, from an annualised £981,000 in 2000 to £3.3m in 2003.
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