When his application for a bank loan was rejected, Fred Story turned to his mother-in-law for money to found Story Construction in 1988. The Carlisle firm carries out a range of building and civil engineering projects for customers such as Pirelli, Blue Circle Cement and Network Rail. Successful diversification into rail engineering and house building, areas that have benefited from strong market demand, has helped to lift the group’s profits 52% a year from £2.5m in 2001 to £8.8m in 2004.
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