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Scott Wilson - Overview and financial analysis

The group has grown significantly in recent years as it has taken advantage of buoyant worldwide infrastructure markets and its profile has risen significantly since it was floated on the stock exchange in 2006.

Today, the group has 6,000 staff, down 10% on the peak, and a network of 80 offices, of which around half are in the UK.

Meanwhile, the group’s main overseas bases are in Australia, Canada, China, Eastern Europe, Hong Kong, India, the Middle East and South East Asia.

In June 2009, chairman Geoff French noted that an extended period in the growth of demand for global consultancy had recently came to an abrupt end and had been replaced by a much more variable trading environment across its businesses. However, in December 2009, he said the first half (ending November) had seen a return to a more stable trading environment. Although the UK market remains relatively weak, the firm has benefited from extra government spending on roads and railways and its focus on renewable energy.

According to the most recent NCE Consultants File Scott Wilson earned fees of £345m and employed 5,188 technical staff.

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£ thousand2006200720082009
Revenue/Turnover197,765261,002324,182360,000
Gross Profit67,96091,129113,659129,520
Profit before tax18,98115,43419,7489,406
Profit after tax12,9419,97213,4027,761
Net assets52,74873,90679,14978,827
Net cash from operating activities-375-3,44423,91210,247