Founded by William Hare in 1945, this company specialises in steel fabrication, designing and building steel structures for the construction industry in Britain and for oil and gas companies operating overseas. Recent projects include London’s Broadgate, which required 16,000 tonnes of steel, and Cardiff’s St David’s shopping centre. Under chief executive David Hodgkiss, grandson of the founder, profits are up 64% a year from £2.5m in 2003 to £11.2m in 2006.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank48
CompanyWilliam Hare Group
ActivityStructural steel engineer
LocationBury
Annual profit growth63.87%
Latest profits £000s11,178
Latest sales £000s159,085
Staff1,170
Founded1945
Websitewww.hare.com

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