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Wates specialises in construction and refurbishment projects covering a wide range of buildings, from prisons and affordable homes to schools and shops. It recently won a contract to install 67 “click-and-collect” points in Asda car parks, where customers pick up groceries ordered online. The Surrey-headquartered firm was founded by Edward Wates in 1897 and is owned and run by his descendants. James Wates, 53, became non-executive chairman in April.

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Company details
ActivityConstruction contractor
Sales £m1,097
Profit £m21
Year endDec 12
Principal shareholdersWates family (100%)

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