The strong recovery in Britain’s housing market helped this construction company to increase sales by 11% to £748m last year. Shepherd Group sold its loss-making park and leisure home business, but the Portakabin and engineering services businesses continue to underpin growth. It is run by chairman Alan Fletcher, 79.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank84
CompanyShepherd Group
ActivityBuilder, manufacturer and developer
LocationYork
Sales £m748
Profit £m33
Year endJun 13
Principal shareholdersShepherd family (100%)
Staff3,228
Founded1890
Websitewww.shepherd-buildinggroup.com

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