Extensive housebuilding and pressure on builders to meet European legislation have boosted sales at Encon, a Yorkshire insulation group. Led by managing director Douglas McKerracher, the company has grown rapidly since 3i backed a £35m secondary buyout in 1997, and in 2004 sales reached £158.5m. Encon makes and distributes insulation products, supplying contractors from its 25 branches across Britain.

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Company details
ActivityInsulation distributor
LocationWest Yorkshire
Sales £m158.5
Operating profit £m6.9
Main shareholders3i, Douglas McKerracher, Philip Kirk, other management

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