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Profits down at Clugston

30 Jun 15 Construction of waste to energy plants has helped Clugston Group to its third successive year of record turnover.

Clugston Group chief executive Stephen Martin
Clugston Group chief executive Stephen Martin

Clugston Group has announced a 9% increase in turnover to £252.9m for the year to 31st January 2015, up from £231.2m the previous year and £183m the year before that. Each year was a record high turnover for the company at the time.

However, pre-tax profit fell last year from £6.3m to £3.3m.

Clugston Group is a privately owned group of companies with interests in construction, facilities management, logistics and property development. It was founded 78 years ago by current chairman John Clugston’s father.

In the year to 31st January 2015 the construction division grew turnover 5% from £136.7m to £143.3m, the fourth consecutive year of growth.  This was led by increased activity in the core market of energy from waste, with progress made on schemes in Leeds, Wilton, Shropshire and Oxfordshire.

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The division also completed numerous school, college and university projects, while starting work on the Humber University Technical College. Several major regional projects also began during the year and Clugston’s recently established West Midlands office secured key contracts including a new facility for Birmingham Dogs Home and a retail scheme in Cannock.

Facilities management activities also increased with the addition of new contracts in the industrial service sector.

The logistics division, Clugston Distribution Services, saw turnover increase 16% from £13.2m to £15.3m – the highest level for the business in over a decade.

Chief executive Stephen Martin said: “Whilst the group operates in highly competitive markets with supply generally exceeding demand, we remain confident for the future. Our focus on delivering a safe and efficient high quality service through the team’s continued hard work and commitment gives us confidence in our ability to further deliver sustainable profits in the years ahead.”

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