This national construction business, with offices from York to Bodmin, has most of its business in long-term contracts. It recently announced that its order book now exceeds £1 billion and includes contracts with Network Rail, Norfolk county council and the Highways Agency, to maintain rail, road and utility networks for several years. It had sales of £301.8m in the year to March 2005.

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Company details
Year2005
Rank17
CompanyMay Gurney
ActivityCivil engineering contractor
LocationNorwich
Sales £m301.8
Operating profit £m9.4
Main shareholdersManagement (80%), options pool (10%), previous owners (10%)
Staff3,200
Founded1926
Websitewww.maygurney.co.uk

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