Chairman Fred Story, 60, founded this Carlisle housebuilder in 1987 and puts recent growth down to the quality of its buildings and a focus on customer satisfaction. Under the stewardship of chief executive Steve Errington, 47, the group completed 565 properties in 2016, up 38% annually, helping annualised profits rise to £22.1m and securing a record sixth appearance on the league table. It is planning to acquire more land for development.

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Company details
CompanyStory Homes
Annual profit growth80.74%
Latest profits £000s†22,093
Latest sales £000s†121,046

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