After surviving the recent recession working for a national housebuilder, Ian Savage, 47, decided to use his savings to set up his own development business in 2009 with Philip Cunningham, 52. Chartway works for housing associations across Kent and specialises in sourcing brownfield land, designing homes, gaining planning permission and building the development. The company has more than 300 units in development or going through the planning process, and business from repeat customers helped sales reach £16.1m in 2013.
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