Groundswork specialists Keller says that turnover of £600 million will set it up for a strong performance in 2005.

Preliminary results for the Keller Group show pre-tax profits up by 3% to £29.6 million in the year to December 31 2004, with turnover of £595.9 million, despite a currency fluctuation of £2.3 million.

Chief executive Justin Atkinson said “I’m pleased to report that in 2004 we met out immediate objectives of consolidating and strengthening our existing businesses… Now our focus is on continuing the Group’s long-term track record of growth through a combination of organic growth and targeted acquisitions.”

The groups says that a record order book, boosted by recent large contract wins in the US, has been followed by a good order intake in the first months of 2005.