38 KEVIN TAYLOR
Construction 2018: £90m 2017: £110m (32nd=)
Brentwood-based McLaren Construction has built offices and plants for Rolls Royce, Aviva, Sky News and a host of other big names here in the UK and in the Middle East. Kevin Taylor, a quantity surveyor by training, started the business from his home around the year 2000. The box for the company fax machines served as his first desk, with his dining room table acting as the boardroom table. Taylor remains chairman to this day. Turnover soared by nearly 25% to a record £600.3m while profits came in at £3.2m in 2016-17. A £27.3m dividend was paid the previous year. A separate company controlled by Taylor overseeing a number of student accommodation developments shows assets of £31.6m (down £24m in a year). We clip Taylor back to £90m as a result.