Competition in the NCE Contractors File 2005 awards was as tough as ever this year, with many companies staking a claim through growing workloads.
The awards are made in two categories - large contractor (turnover greater than £200M) and medium contractor (turnover less than £200M). This year two firms were shortlisted in each category.
The awards take account of overall turnover and turnover growth, profit margin and margin growth, and the number of engineers employed.
Firms which achieve good growth with solid margins and who get most value for money from their staff will score well.
This year's top scoring large contractor is Edmund Nuttall. It held off challenges from Mowlem, Laing O'Rourke and Amey to take the top prize by virtue of solid 12% growth in turnover, a 5% increase in profits and a healthy profit margin of 4.1%.
Highly commended is Amey, for delivering a profit margin of 9% on a turnover of £456M.
Competition for the medium firm was even tougher, with several outstanding performances to consider. Winner is C Spencer for delivering an astonishing 152% growth in turnover from £25M last year to £63M this. This growth was matched by a 340% increase in profits from £500,000 to £2.2M.
Highly commended is Dew Pitchmastic for driving up turnover from £130M to £175M.
Profiles of the four winning and commended fi rms begin on page 12, with the overall winner, Edmund Nuttall.