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Founded in Fife in 1860 to import wood from Scandinavia and Russia, this family timber business now has 28 UK sites that run across six trading divisions. It offers saw-milling and timber engineering, and trades specialist building products. Newbuild housing, renovations and maintenance markets are the focus for much of its business. It is led by managing director Scott Cairns, 51, and fifth generation family member Neil Donaldson, 63, a non-executive chairman.

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Company details
CompanyJames Donaldson Group
ActivityTimber merchant
Sales £m*153.6
Operating profit £m*7.7
Main shareholders

Donaldson family (86%), employees (14%)


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* supplied by company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda