Friel Construction is a genuine family business, with brothers William, Dennis and John Friel all taking part in the day-to-day running of the housebuilding company, which undertakes development projects for such big names as Beazer. The Staffordshire company, founded in 1990, builds estates and specialises in clearing brownfield sites to make way for new developments. William Friel, chairman, attributes the company’s 84% a year sales growth, from £2m in 1996 to £12.7m in 1999, to its focus on customer service and value for money. Friel also claims to have invested more heavily in computers than many of his competitors.
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