Improvements in the property market thanks to the Help to Buy scheme helped this housebuilder sell 635 new homes last year. Based in Brentwood, Essex, it is led by executive chairman Ian Sutcliffe, 55. Private equity firm Oaktree Capital took a majority stake last year for an undisclosed sum and, in February, merged Countryside with rival Millgate Developments. The company is ranked on its revenues before the merger.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank95
CompanyCountryside
ActivityHousebuilder
LocationBrentwood
Sales £m277.0
Operating profit £m22.3
Main shareholdersOaktree Capital Management, Countryside Management
Staff512
Founded1958
Websitewww.countryside-properties-corporate.com

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