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John Kirkland heads this Derbyshire construction and civil-engineering group, which was founded by his grandfather in 1923. The company builds supermarkets for Sainsbury and Tesco and works on a number of other retail, office and leisure developments. One of these is the Royals Business Park at the Royal Albert Dock in London, which is set to become the capital’s largest business park. The company reported sales of £487m in 2003.

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Company details
CompanyBowmer & Kirkland
ActivityConstruction contractor
Sales £m487
Profit £m19
Year endSep 03
Principal shareholdersKirkland family and family trusts (100%)

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