Doncaster’s Keepmoat continues to build sales

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A Doncaster house builder has been revealed as one of the biggest private companies in Yorkshire based on sales.

Keepmoat is ranked third in a mini-table for the county which forms part of the 14th annual Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 league table of Britain’s top 100 private companies with the biggest sales.

The housing regeneration specialist is also placed 58th in the overall nationwide table, improving four places on last year’s ranking.

Keepmoat completed a record 1,853 houses last year, helping it to grow total sales by five per cent to £931m.

Private equity groups Sun Capital and TDR Capital bought Keepmoat from Lloyds Bank in September for around £400m, before the company refinanced £263m of debt.

Topping the Yorkshire mini-table is Bradford-based Kelda Group, which grew sales by four per cent to £1.1bn.

Yorkshire Water is Kelda’s main subsidiary and the group supplies water to more than five million customers in Yorkshire and provides nearly half of Northern Ireland’s drinking water.

Kelda is placed 49th in the nationwide table.

Bradford-based car dealer JCT600, second, building firm Shepherd Group, of York, fourth, and R&R Ice Cream in Northallerton, fifth, all make up the top five in the county.

Together, the five companies achieved sales of £4.4bn, up five per cent on the previous year, and employ 14,200 people. They had combined profits of £845m.

Dan Howlett, head of corporate banking in the UK at HSBC, said: “It’s encouraging to see dynamic private companies from across the UK recognised by the Top Track 100 league table. These businesses are passionate and dedicated, which is evident across the different sectors.”