This construction firm is chaired by James Wates, 56, who is one of the fourth generation of its founding family, and run by Andrew Davies, 52, who joined as chief executive in 2014. Wates specialises in construction and refurbishment projects covering everything from prisons and affordable homes to schools and commercial properties. The Surrey-based company achieved sales of £1.3bn in 2015, up 20% after the acquisition of Shepherd Group’s engineering and facilities management divisions. Last month, Wates submitted plans with partner Redrow for 1,500 new homes, a primary school and shops in Oxfordshire.

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Company details
ActivityConstruction contractor
Sales £m1,207
Profit £m20
Year endDec 15
Principal shareholdersWates family (100%)

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