Established in 1791 by a carpenter, this Bangor-based construction company is now run by ninth-generation family member Mark Watkin Jones, 46. A strong performance in the student accommodation sector saw turnover climb 85% to £255.2m last year, and profits more than doubled to £14.6m. The company is active throughout Britain — up-coming projects include a £130m student housing and residential development in London.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank104
CompanyWatkin Jones Group
ActivityProperty developer
LocationGwynedd
Sales £m255.2
Operating profit £m14.6
Main shareholdersWatkin Jones family and family tusts (100%)
Staff316
Founded1791
Websitewww.watkinjones.com

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