This Lancashire business is one of the largest family-owned steel engineers and fabricators in Britain. Led by founder William Hare’s grandchildren, David and Susan Hodgkiss, 65 and 67 respectively, it takes on international projects from its offices in Britain and the Middle East — recent projects include the new Bloomberg HQ in London and the redevelopment of the Olympic stadium.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank205
CompanyWilliam Hare Group
ActivityStructural steel engineer
LocationBury
Sales £m165.5
Operating profit £m3.6
Main shareholdersHodgkiss family (83%), other (17%)
Staff1,738
Founded1945
Websitewww.hare.com

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