A purveyor of the unloved traffic cone, Burdens supplies civil engineering and building materials. Its product range spans more than 18,000 lines, from gas and water pipelines to street furniture and environmental management systems such as rainwater harvesting. The Burden family and staff own most of the business, founded in 1929 by Wilfred Thomas Burden and now run by his grandson Jeremy. Burdens Charitable Foundation, which supports projects in Britain and the developing world, owns the rest. Annualised sales reached £287.4m in 2006.
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