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In operation for almost 130 years, the Shepherd group shifted focus in recent years after the decline of its construction business. The York firm sold this division to the Wates Group for £9.8m in 2015, allowing it to focus on its Portakabin business, which has been buoyed in recent years by the trend for modular and portable buildings. David Williams, 66, is chairman.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank56
CompanyShepherd Building Group
ActivityModular buildings
LocationYork
Sales £m320.5
Operating profit £m53.6
Main shareholders

Shepherd family (100%)

Staff1,873
Founded1890
Websitewww.shepherd-buildinggroup.com

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