27= DAVID WERNICK & FAM­ILY

Essex Life - - RICHEST 50 -

Con­struc­tion 2018: £140m 2017: £140m (28th=)

David Wernick started work in the fam­ily business at the ten­der age of 11 when he had a sum­mer job to sort and count bolts that had be­come all mixed up. The business in ques­tion is the Wick­ford-based Wer­r­nick Group, which be­gan in 1934 when David’s grand­fa­ther – hav­ing knocked up a few sheds, crates and chicken houses for his business’s use – erected a sign out­side his poul­try farm. ‘Sheds for Sale - en­quire within,’ it read. To­day the group is one of the largest builders and hir­ers of wooden and mod­u­lar build­ings. It should be worth £130m on the back of a record £15.2m profit in 2016 when it showed £81.6m net as­sets. The wider fam­ily, led by David Wernick as chair­man, is worth £140m with other as­sets.

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