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This business began in 1863 as a sawmill in Inverness. Today, the Livingston-based group is still involved in timber — importing wood and providing engineered timber trusses and frames — but it also spans property development and housebuilding, investment, window manufacture, contracting, and supplying healthcare and facility management services. The group’s first care home is due to open in Edinburgh early next year. John Campbell, 67, is the group’s managing director.

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Company details
CompanyJames Walker
ActivityTimber merchant
LocationWest Lothian
Sales £m*164.6
Operating profit £m*13.5
Main shareholders

Walker family (70%), John Campbell (24%), employees (6%)


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* supplied by company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda