If you are driving on a motorway at night and see a matrix of lights suspended over a section under repair, the chances are it will have been supplied by Taylor Construction Plant. The company was set up by Andrew Barker, a former construction site manager, and two of his uncles to import and hire out specialist pieces of construction equipment that were not readily available in Britain. Founded in 1989, the company now holds exclusive distribution rights in Europe for the American-made Amida lighting tower (pictured below), which has ‘changed the face of mobile lighting’, says Barker. This tower is used for motorway repairs. The Essex company supplies the whole of Britain from depots in Coventry, Exeter and Leeds. It has also diversified into manufacturing a mechanised mini-skip that it designed. Sales have grown 72% a year from £758,000 in 1997 to £3.9m in 2000, when it had 27 employees.
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