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Founder and executive chairman James Hopkins, 58, set up a fish trading business aged 21. He later moved into the building trade, acquiring a run-down cottage, fixing it up and selling it for a profit. His company now operates from one of its developments, with 200 homes, in Suffolk. It also builds in Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Turnover grew 35% to £172.4m last year, helped by a strengthening market.

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Company details
CompanyHopkins Homes
Sales £m172.4
Operating profit £m41.8
Main shareholdersJames Hopkins (93%), Selina Hopkins (7%)

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