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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.

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