This Essex company focuses on urban regeneration and sustainable communities with projects including affordable private housing, commercial property and community facilities. In 2005 the founding Cherry family delisted the business in a £225m deal backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate, now part of Lloyds Banking Group. Under founder chairman Alan Cherry and sons Richard, deputy chairman, and Graham, chief executive, the company had sales of £449m in 2007.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank22
CompanyCountryside
ActivityHousebuilder
LocationBrentwood
Sales £m449
Operating profit £m41.7
Main shareholdersLloyds Banking Group (50%), Cherry family (50%)
Staff811
Founded1958
Websitewww.countryside-properties-corporate.com

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