The UK’s fastest growing private companies: Hot 100 2015 – (24) City & Country Group
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26 June 2015
Launching as a family-run business in the 1960s, City & Country Group is a niche property development firm that sticks to its roots by embracing Britain’s heritage and sensitive landscapes.
Name: City & Country Group
Industry/sector: Construction, property and related services
Date founded: 1962
The boss: Helen Moore
Location: South East
Latest turnover: £49.5m
Three-year compound growth rate (%): 54.93
Latest EBITDA: £11.8m
Founded in 1962, City & Country Group is the Essex-based construction firm that has a focus on conserving, restoring and creating properties in keeping with “Britain’s architectural heritage.”
It claims that by using today’s standards in terms of design and build quality it is able to add value to “very special places” of the past for the future, which gives it a niche market around “sensitive landscapes”.
Although it’s based in Stansted, the firm has expanded operations beyond its borders to primarily serve London, the South East and the South West – although developments can even be found in Edinburgh.
Considering itself an expert when it comes to working on historic and listed buildings, City & Country Group claims to be at the forefront of specialist property developments.
Helen Moore, managing director at City & Country Group, said: “The quality of the work City & Country undertakes in the conservation and restoration of heritage buildings is unique and really sets us apart from other developers.
“This is due in no small part to the passion; commitment and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of our exceptionally talented team.”
Although the recession was challenging for the construction industry, the company looked at difficulties as an opportunity. It was conservative and cautious with planning to turn assets into cash ahead of the credit crunch, which it says worked in its financial favour.
“This and the continued support from our funders over forty years has enabled us to make shrewd acquisitions. As a result, we are now poised to take the next well considered step towards achieving our ambition of tripling the value of the company over the next four to five years,” the company revealed.