In 2017, this Derbyshire-based construction firm boosted profits 8% to £62.6m due to a strong construction market. Overseen by group chairman John Kirkland, 80, the firm won a place on the government’s £8bn framework for the construction of new schools last November. In March, it started work on a new £21m transport hub in South Tyneside, which forms part of a £100m regeneration scheme.

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Company details
CompanyBowmer & Kirkland
ActivityConstruction contractor
Sales £m928
Profit £m63
Year endAug 17
Principal shareholdersKirkland family and family trusts

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