TURNOVER has crept towards the £35million mark for a Salford civil engineering firm.

Key framework contracts with Northern Powergrid and Western Power Distribution have helped Excalon to sustain sales year-on-year, according to their annual accounts.

The 235-strong firm, based on Duncan Street, has already enjoyed success with work for Metrolink and wind farm and substation projects recently also.

Pre-tax profits did dip though from £2.17million to £1.32million, the accounts have revealed.

Kevan Wakerley, a director, also highlighted a strong relationship with one client, Vital Energi and a raft of low carbon energy solution projects.

He added: "Looking forward, the directors have focussed on further expanding our client base and underpinning our geographical footprint, which now covers a wider area of the UK.

"We have also focussed on innovative methods of working and our expertise in joint utility trenching is beginning to reap rewards."

Mr Wakerley also said investments had been made in IT, property and fleet through the year. The total distribution of dividends for their year-end was £725,000.