This Swansea firm is helping to construct Britain’s first new metal mine for 45 years, near Plymouth. Almost half of the construction and engineering company’s £206.2m sales are generated in Africa, an achievement that was recognised by the 2014 Queen’s Award for International Trade. Managing director Bob Jones, 63, and five colleagues set up the group in 2002.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank144
CompanyDawnus Construction
ActivityCivil engineering contractor
LocationSwansea
Sales £m206.2
Operating profit £m16.7
Main shareholdersCo-founders (90%), other management (10%)
Staff1,840
Founded2002
Websitewww.dawnus.co.uk

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