This Essex developer 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 Countryside Properties in a £225m deal backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate. Under founder chairman Alan Cherry and sons Richard, deputy chairman, and Graham, chief executive, the company had sales of £449m in 2007. In the same year it won 29 awards for design, building quality, sustainability and regeneration.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank17
CompanyCountryside
ActivityHousebuilder
LocationBrentwood
Sales £m449.0
Operating profit £m41.7
Main shareholdersBank of Scotland Corporate (50%), Cherry family (50%)
Staff811
Founded1958
Websitewww.countryside-properties-corporate.com

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