This construction firm is run by chairman James Wates, 54, the fourth generation of the founding Wates family, and Andrew Davies, 50, who joined as chief executive in January. He attributed a 22% sales decline in 2013 to delayed starts and to being more selective about which projects to take on.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank67
CompanyWates
ActivityConstruction contractor
LocationSurrey
Sales £m852
Profit £m17
Year endDec 13
Principal shareholdersWates family (100%)
Staff2,074
Founded1897
Websitewww.wates.co.uk

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