This Northern Ireland construction contractor has used the government’s public private partnership (PPP) initiative to spearhead its growth into Scotland from its heartland in Northern Ireland. Recent wins include a contract from Scottish Borders Council to build three new secondary schools, for example. PPP schemes aside, GRAHAM’s core business is providing construction, facilities maintenance and highways management services in Northern Ireland and, increasingly, over the border. Executive chairman Michael Graham, a direct descendant of the founder John Graham, has grown profits 53% a year, from £1.5m in 2004 to £5.4m in 2007.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank85
CompanyGRAHAM
ActivityConstruction contractor
LocationCounty Down
Annual profit growth53.25%
Latest profits £000s5,388
Latest sales £000s143,402
Staff607
Founded1878
Websitewww.graham.co.uk

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