Black Country-based London and Cambridge Properties owns industrial, office and retail properties from Durham, St Helens and Skelmersdale in the north to Aldershot, Maidstone and Stevenage in the south, plus quite a bit in-between.

The company – 40 per cent owned by Casper MacDonald Hall – also has major retail holdings in the town centres of Dudley, Wolverhampton and Walsall and industrial interests in Burntwood and Bloxwich.

All these combine to make London and Cambridge properties one of the largest private owners of commercial property in the country, with a portfolio of 14 million sq ft held for long term investment.

Property values have obviously taken a hit of late, but that hasn’t dimmed London and Cambridge’s ambition.

Major schemes underway include a £1.25 million 9500 sq ft store for Home Bargains in the Churchill Shopping Centre, Dudley, a £3.2 million project on the Burntwood Business Park in Staffordshire and a new £1 million Lidl store in Aldershot.

The most recently published results for London and Cambridge show a pre-tax profit of £36.5 million, recent acquisitions worth £74 million and total investments of more than £1 billion.

Casper MacDonald-Hall also owns 46 per cent of management holding company Ringmerit, based in Havant, Hampshire and has a substantial interest in Southampton-based property investor Proudreed.

Fifty-nine year-old Casper MacDonald-Hall, who lives in Hampshire, loves fishing and shooting and is regularly rated by The Field magazine as one of the best shots in the country.