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Nigel Meek, 53, Malcolm Mintram, 61, and Nigel Shannon, 53, set up this Hampshire firm in 1987. The trio initially worked on affordable housing projects, taking advantage of a buoyant market and generous government subsidies. Forced to diversify when the 2008 financial crisis hit, Highwood expanded into strategic land acquisition and care home developments. Success in these areas and its potential for growth led the three founders to bring in managing director Guy Hayward, 61, in 2015. He oversaw an increase in sales to £37.8m in the year to February.

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Company details
CompanyHighwood Group
ActivityConstruction contractor and developer
Annual sales rise over 3 years53.62%
Latest sales £000s37,788

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