Telford Homes aims to double size of the business in five years

 
Kasmira Jefford
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THE CHIEF executive of Telford Homes said the group aims to double in size in the next five years after reporting a strong first half.

The east London housebuilder raised £20m through a share placing in June and also increased its borrowing facilities to £120m, allowing it to buy more sites and tap into demand in the capital.

“It takes two to three years to finish any given scheme – nonetheless by raising the money and spending it now when there are opportunities we will be able to deliver double the units completing a year and double the size of the business in the next five years,” Jon Di-Stefano told City A.M.

The group sold 450 homes in the six months to 30 September, boosting pre-tax profits by 18 per cent to £7.7m. It said it is now fully sold for the year to 31 March 2014.

Di-Stefano said it had already made some major acquisitions including two developments near the Olympic Park, increasing its pipeline by 23 per cent compared with the same period last year.