Rick Willmott, 52, is the fifth generation of the family to lead this 163-year-old construction, housing and property group. Its projects range from an “eco town” in Oxfordshire, building zerocarbon homes in the first project of its kind in the UK, to a new 20,000 capacity stadium for Brentford Football Club, and a £14m, 13-storey hotel next to Aldgate tube station in London. In 2014 it increased sales by 23% to £1.3bn.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank40
CompanyWillmott Dixon Group
ActivityConstruction contractor
LocationHertfordshire
Sales £m*1,259
Profit £m*27
Year endDec 14
Principal shareholdersWillmott family (60%), Dixon family (20%), management (20%)
Staff3,203
Founded1852
Websitewww.willmottdixongroup.co.uk

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