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Chairman Fred Story, 60, founded this Carlisle housebuilder 30 years ago. He puts recent growth down to a focus on customer service and quality building, as well as a strong land bank and expansion into Lancashire, northeast England and southern Scotland. Under chief executive Steve Errington, 48, the group completed more than 800 new homes in 2017, up 42% on the previous year, helping sales rise 44% to £173.8m.

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Company details
CompanyStory Homes
Sales £m173.8
Operating profit £m26.2
Main shareholdersStory family (94.5%), others (5.5%)

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