Family-owned firm started in 1860 still going strong


One of the oldest building contractors in the North East has reported improved financials in its latest results. 

T Manners & Sons
Credit: T Manners & Sons.

Full accounts for T Manners & Sons to 31 December 2022 reveal increased turnover and profits for the County Durham firm.  

Founded in 1860, it is believed to be the oldest family-owned construction company in the North East of England, it said.    


  • Turnover: £18.2 million (FY2021: £13.6 million) 
  • Operating profit: £190,156 (FY2021: £107,503) 
  • Profit before tax: £197,947 (FY2021: £96,119) 
  • Profit for the year: £212,890 (FY2021: £103,496) 
  • Cash: £12,042 (FY2021: £533,991) 

Net assets and shareholder funds were valued at £1.4 million, compared to £1.2 million the previous year.   

A dividend of £10 per share was paid on 7 January 2022; total dividends paid to year-end were £30,000. 


The company plans to expand its construction division, joinery and small works turnover will increase, and mechanical will expand its management structure.  

“2022 was a year of increasing workload in the construction division,” said the company. “[It] also brought inflation into the operating challenges and materials supply impacted the construction division. 

“This […] had the effect of delaying our larger orders and also necessitated additional payments to subcontractors. This has affected our profits by at least £250,000.” 

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