RINGWAY'S acquisition of Dartford civils contractor TE Beach helped keep turnover motoring upwards last year.
Ringway, which bought £43 million turnover Beach in January 2005, drove its turnover up £48.3 million to just short of £400 million in 2005 as pre-tax profits leapt £2 million to £9.7 million.
Group managing director David Lee said Beach made 'significant progress' in 2005.
He added: 'Financial performance across our companies was mixed, with some very satisfactory results along with a few disappointments.
'Highlights included excellent out-turns from our London-based businesses and from a number of specialist activities including Ringway specialist treatments.
'In the core highways services sector, excellent results were achieved from a number of our long-term contracts, although we suffered some disappointments.'
Despite losing some jobs, Ringway, a subsidiary of Vinci, lifted its order book by 43 per cent to £920 million. If all the firm's extensions on its longterm contracts are continued, this would rise to £1.6 billion.
BEAR Scotland - the Scottish road maintenance consortium featuring Ringway, Ennstone and Babtie - made a profit last year after three years of losses.
Ringway's expansion lifted the workforce by 17 per cent to over 2,500 people, sending the wage bill soaring £11 million to £67 million.
The firm, which also has a stake in South West Highways, raised operating profits by £1.7 million to £9.6 million.
Margins rose to 2.4 per cent, up from 2.2 per cent in 2004.