27= DAVID WERNICK & FAMILY
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.