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Hot 100 2012 – 33: Blu-3

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The basics

Company name: Blu-3
What they do: Civil engineers
Headquarters: Croydon
The boss: Danny Chaney

The financials

Latest turnover (£,000): 23,356
Four-year compound sales growth (%): 46
Latest Ebitda (£,000): 1,136

The details

Construction and maintenance firm Blu-3 has won juicy contracts all over London, including creating Boris’ cycle superhighways, upgrading power lines, revamping public buildings such as Maidstone Library, building new school facilities such as gymnasiums and a whole bundle of work for the Olympics. 

In fact there’s not much Blu-3 can’t do for you – from widening roads to digging sewage tunnels. How so energetic? Founder and boss Danny Chaney explains: “I lost my mum four years ago. I buried my head in work and carried on like that. I now have 300 employees who I feel responsible for, and if I take a moment off I feel guilty.” 

Workaholism hasn’t clouded his judgement though: Blu-3 consistently posts profits of £1m plus on a turnover now at £23.4m. Chaney, 35 years old, remains ferociously ambitious: “In five years time we’ll be a £100m business, speaking conservatively.”

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