Durham-based Esh Group was formed in 1999 when two local construction businesses merged and adopted the name of the village in which they both started. Led by chief executive Brian Manning, 57, the group now has divisions involved in most areas of construction, including civil engineering, property development and social housing maintenance. Improved market confidence, the acquisition of Border Construction for an undisclosed sum and investment in its Yorkshire operations, where it doubled its office space, helped sales to rise 44% to £276.8m last year.
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