WA Developments’ job is to make sure that railway repairs and maintenance are carried out properly. The company, founded by Andrew Tinkler with £500 in 1987, specialises in railway engineering and repairs to bridges and embankments. Contracts with Network Rail, Nuttalls and Jarvis have boosted sales 101% a year from £935,000 in 1998 to £7.6m in 2001, when the Cumbria company employed 90 people.
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