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This family-owned firm started out building houses more than 100 years ago in Yorkshire. Now the Shepherd Building Group, still controlled by the Shepherd family, has three divisions and is best known for making Portakabin units and for undertaking large construction contracts. It also develops property, handles specialist building service installations and manufactures equipment housings and bulk materials handling systems. Such diversity generated operating profits before exceptional items of £17m but net operating profits of only £2m on sales of £557m in 2002, when the company employed 4,046 people.

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Company details
CompanyShepherd Group
ActivityBuilder, manufacturer and developer
Sales £m557
Profit £m2
Year endJun 02
Principal shareholdersShepherd family (100%)

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