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White Young Green to get new head as pre-tax profits soar

Expanding consultant White Young Green is to get a new chief executive in the next month in preparation for the retirement of current incumbent John Purvis in June.
The external appointee will join a company that announced this week a £6.9M pretax profit on £99.1M turnover in the past six months of 2006. Pre-tax profit was 28% higher than the second half of 2005 and turnover 26% higher. Surging revenue and profit have resulted from combined organic growth and acquisitions. The company claims 11% organic growth. It bought five firms between November 2005 and June 2006. The acquisitions haven't been simply about bulking up. They've invigorated the business and created new opportunities, ' said Purvis. 'We've lifted the business by 30% in round terms.' Business is expected to be further buoyed by the acquisition of four more businesses between July and December last year. They are boutique structural engineering practice Adams Kara Taylor, Irish civil and structural engineers Malachi Cullen & Partners, project manager Trench Farrow and planning specialist Turner Holden. Setting out future plans, Purvis said: 'Our business has more than doubled to 2,700 staff in the past three years. Our profit line has gone up by 255% and our turnover by 220%. We would like to do the same again in the next three years.'

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