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Portakabin is named UK Private Business of the Year

02 November 2016

Portakabin has been named UK Private Business of the Year at the sixth annual UK Private Business Awards in London.

The UK Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC, recognise and celebrate the successes and importance of private business to the UK economy.

Portakabin is the market leader in the design and manufacture of modular buildings and advanced off-site construction solutions.

It has delivered more than 50 million square feet of building space in the last 50 years.

The Group employs over 1,700 people and has operations in seven countries across Europe, with its head office based in York.

Portakabin provides buildings for organisations of every size, in any sector, from small independent businesses to large organisations and in both public and private sectors.

Brian Henderson, partner and UK Private Business Awards’ leader at PwC, said, “Many congratulations to Portakabin for winning the flagship Private Business of the Year award.

"The Group has a fantastic heritage and has a long-standing pivotal role in both the UK construction industry and in British manufacturing. It continues to be the pioneer in modular buildings and in breaking new ground with the speed, scale, complexity, efficiency and sustainability of its off-site solutions.”

“The UK Private Business Awards recognise achievements and the important contribution that entrepreneurs and private businesses make to their communities and the UK economy.

"The finalists were selected from over a thousand entries from private businesses across the UK and reflect the increasing diversity in the business landscape. The winners demonstrate how the UK’s private business sector is innovating and growing across a wide range of industries.”

Derek Carter, Chief Executive of Portakabin said, “We are absolutely delighted to receive such important national recognition for this fantastic business and for our colleagues across the UK.

"The award celebrates the hard work, talent and commitment of all our employees, and the Shepherd family who have supported the business for more than 50 years.

“We are proud that Portakabin is such an iconic brand and market leader; that our financial performance remains strong, and that we continue to deliver buildings in some of the most challenging situations with teamwork, integrity and unrivalled reliability.

“Portakabin has a long history of innovation since it was launched in 1961 with its first portable building. We have exciting and ambitious plans in place to take the company to the next level, whilst making a significant contribution to the communities in which we live and work.”

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