KEY COMPANIES IN DONCASTER RETAIL DFS was founded in 1969 by Graham Kirkham, now Lord KIrkham, trading from a single store in Doncaster growing to over 110 stores today. The company manufactures, retails and exports sofas globally. DFS is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the FTSE 250. FINANCE Direct Group, founded in 1990 in Doncaster, has experienced rapid growth to become one of the largest insurance providers in the UK. Employing 600 people enabling the management of over three million customer policies. CONSTRUCTION Keepmoat Homes, headquartered in Doncaster, has annual revenue of over £1.1billion. The company was formed in 1983 when Doncaster based building company, Frank Haslam Milan, was acquired by Rotherham’s Bramall & Ogden. The company currently employs over 3,000 people across the UK and is involved in the construction of corporate headquarters and commercial buildings to flats and apartments. ENGINEERING Unipart Rail Traction and Rolling Stock is headquartered in Doncaster. They are experts in providing supply chain solutions, engineering support and consultancy services to the rail industry across the globe. MANUFACTURING Polypipe, one of the UK and Europe's largest manufacturers of piping, plumbing and drainage systems, based in the town of Edlington, was established in 1980 and has grown to have offices and ventures across the UK, mainland Europe and the Middle East. They now employ nearly 3,000 people. NHS The NHS offers many opportunities within the area. The Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Trust has several hospitals and surgeries throughout the area with services encompassing not only healthcare but logistics, communications and many other areas. There are over 6,500 people employed by the NHS in the area and the number of apprenticeships and training posts are being grown continuously. The NHS also injects money back into the local economy through the use of local suppliers and resources. EDUCATION There are many opportunities within the education sector in Doncaster. These come from not only the traditional educational establishments of schools but also the Doncaster College and University Centre, the National College for High Speed Rail and the many education focused businesses that are based in Doncaster. 360 Degree Media, a specialist media and educational finance and advisory company, has also identified Doncaster as a location to provide a commercial studio hub for UK and US producers. The combination of the Film, Television and VFX Academy and Film Studio will enable the development of a local supply chain in digital industries. Doncaster has many thriving businesses, some with global reach, with household names who have remained loyal to the town where they were founded and who employ local people across many different sectors. DONCASTER - FIRST FOR INVESTMENT - 15