Founded in 1945, this family-owned firm designs and builds steel frameworks for the construction, oil-and-gas and nuclear-power sectors. For example, it supplied 6,500 tonnes of steelwork for an award-winning commercial development in the Gulf, and 4,500 tonnes for a power station in Pembroke. The Lancashire company runs five manufacturing operations in Britain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai and has engineering facilities in India. Run by founder William Hare’s grandchildren David and Susan Hodgkiss, it grew sales to £182.2m in 2010.

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Company details
Year2011
Rank215
CompanyWilliam Hare Group
ActivityStructural steel engineer
LocationBury
Sales £m*182.2
Operating profit £m*1.7
Main shareholdersHodgkiss family (78%), other (22%)
Staff1,512
Founded1945
Websitewww.hare.com

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda