This family-owned firm started out building houses over 100 years ago in Yorkshire. Now the Shepherd Building Group, still controlled by the Shepherd family, is best known for also making Portakabins and Portaloos. Through its three divisions, it develops a wide range of residential and commercial property, as well as handling construction projects such as installing air conditioning or building ‘clean rooms’ for pharmaceutical companies. Such diversity helped generate sales of £540m for the company in 2001, when it had over 90 offices in the UK, Europe and USA and employed 4,231 people.
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