In 2006, chief executive Bob Bond led a £100m buyout of the construction and development group Rydon from its founders, who were retiring after 30 years. Backing came from Bank of Scotland Corporate, which holds a 30% stake. With projects throughout southern England, Rydon’s customers include local authorities, housing associations, schools and health trusts, as well as commercial customers. Profits have risen 57% a year, from £4.9m in 2004 to £18.8m in 2007.
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