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Make's turnover up and profits rocket

Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make has seen a 12 per cent increase in its turnover and a huge 37 per cent hike in its gross profits

The company, which predicts further growth this year after netting a raft of new work, generated revenue of £14.6 million in the year ending 31 December 2011 - up from £13.1 million the year before.

According to Make’s latest annual accounts, the company bagged gross profits of £5.5 million, marking an increase of nearly £1.5 million on the previous 12 months.

However, after administrative expenses, the company only posted a pre-tax profit of £181,190 - albeit a significant rise on the £14,450 pre-tax profit made in 2010.

The last couple of years have witnessed an impressive turnaround for the AJ100 big hitter following a dramatic 47 per cent fall in revenue experienced in 2009 due to the recession. The company revealed a £666,810 post-tax loss that year.

Barry Cooke, financial director at Make said: ‘It has been another good year for Make, with income and profit continuing to grow despite the impact of the recession on the architectural profession as a whole. 

‘The financial results for 2011 show an overall increase in revenue of 12 per cent. Fee income in Asia increased to £2.7m compared to £80,000 the previous year.’

Make now has 11 staff in its China and Hong Kong studios with its Asian work now accouting for 19 per cent of the company’s total turnover. Among the schemes on the practice’s drawing board is a 105,300m² masterplan in Hongqiao, Shanghai.

He added: ‘After distributing the profit to all partners in line with Make’s 100 per cent employee owned company structure, the net worth increased by £149,000 to £3million.

‘This growth is expected to continue in 2012 after securing significant new work in the last quarter of 2011.’

Hongqiao masterplan designed by Make

Hongqiao masterplan designed by Make

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