The Millennium Dome did not spell financial disaster for everyone. C-Beck Group, a museum exhibition building group, has seen profits rise 46% a year after completing £18m worth of work on the Dome’s exhibits. C-Beck Group was forced into receivership in 1995, but was then bought out by three of its managers, Frank Cardwell, Andrew Huddle and Roger Clark, with venture capital backing from 3i. They have since turned the company round, winning high-profile projects to fit out the Hong Kong Telecom Business Suite, the Holocaust Museum in London and the new National Space Science Centre in Leicester. “We’re recognised as one of the top five or six museum contracting groups in the world,” says Cardwell. “We don’t have to fund a sales force as most of our turnover comes from repeat business and recommendations.” The Surrey-based company has seen profits rise from £1.7m in 1996 to £5.1m in 1999, delivered by high margin work on the Dome combined with buoyant export markets.
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