This Derbyshire group comprises 27 companies selling services to the construction sector, from specialist subcontracting to the design and completion of whole projects. It recently won a £60m contract to rebuild Warner Brothers studios at Leavesden, Hertfordshire, where the Harry Potter series was filmed, and a £90m deal to build Center Parcs’ fifth site at Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. The company has also been involved in St George’s Park, the FA’s new National Football Centre due to open in July. Chaired by the founder’s grandson, John Kirkland, the group improved sales by 6% to £708m in 2011.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank81
CompanyBowmer & Kirkland
ActivityConstruction contractor
LocationDerbyshire
Sales £m708
Profit £m51
Year endAug 11
Principal shareholdersKirkland family and family trusts
Staff1,471
Founded1923
Websitewww.bandk.co.uk

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