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Founder and executive chairman James Hopkins, 57, set up a fish trading business aged 21. Four years later he moved into the building trade, acquiring a run-down cottage, fixing it up and selling it for a profit. His group now operates from one of its 200-home developments in Suffolk. It also builds in Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Strong demand last year helped boost sales by 34% to £128.1m, and in the latest financial year the group built more than 1,000 new homes.

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Company details
CompanyHopkins Homes
Sales £m128.1
Operating profit £m28
Main shareholdersJames Hopkins (93%), Selina Hopkins (7%)

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