The Wates Group is one of the UK’s largest family-owned construction services and development companies.

Established in 1897, it remains privately owned by Wates Family Holdings.

Wates employs more than 2,000 people and in 2009 had a turnover of £945 million.

It won the Building magazine Major Contractor of the Year award in both 2009 and 2010.

The group is split into six businesses: Construction, Living Space, Retail, Interiors, International (in Dubai) and Developments.

There is also Wates Giving, a charity which has given away over £1.5m since 2008.

Wates work across a range of sectors including education, public sector frameworks (BSF, Ministry of Justice Home Office), affordable housing, retail fit out and refurbishment, office interiors, land development and commercial buildings.

Source: Wikipedia