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Started in Fife in 1860 to import wood from Scandinavia and Russia, this family timber business now has 28 UK sites across five trading divisions. It offers saw-milling, timber engineering and merchanting, and trades specialist building products. New-build housing, renovations and maintenance markets in the UK are the focus for much of its business. Last year, it acquired roofing product supplier Nu-Style. It is led by group managing director Scott Cairns, 50, and fifth-generation family member Neil Donaldson, 62, who is non-executive chairman.

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Company details
CompanyJames Donaldson Group
ActivityTimber merchant
Sales £m136.6
Operating profit £m7.5
Main shareholders

Donaldson family (85%), employees (15%)


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* supplied by company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda