The Miller Group is no stranger to big deals. The one-man architectural practice founded in 1934 by the grandfather of current chief executive Keith Miller now claims to be the UK’s largest privately-owned housebuilding and construction services company. Based in Edinburgh, it has handled high-profile projects such as the construction of the Skye Bridge and sections of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. The company recently turned its attentions to Birmingham. In December 2000 it took a pivotal role in Arena Central, a £450m scheme to redevelop the old Central TV studios in the heart of Birmingham. The project will include one of Europe’s tallest skyscrapers and will offer offices, leisure space and homes. The company has followed an aggressive policy of acquisitions over the past year, buying the Cussins Property Group in 1999, and John Lynch, Crest Homes (Northern) and Birch in 2000. This strategy has driven profits up 26% per year, from £10.7m in 1996 to £21.2m in 1999, when sales reached £497.8m. The company appears for the second year running on the Profit Track 100.
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