All change at head of the success table

President Engineering Group directors John Waddington, Marie Cooper and Mark Henley, front, and staff outside the company's Sheffield headquarters
President Engineering Group directors John Waddington, Marie Cooper and Mark Henley, front, and staff outside the company's Sheffield headquarters
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Sheffield’s most profitable SMEs have swapped places at the top of the table this year, while previously third- placed leading health and beauty clearance wholesaler Pricecheck Toiletries has outgrown the rankings.

Top-ranked Benchmark Holdings increased profits by 40 per cent from £2.6 million to £3.6 million, a year after first securing a place in the rankings.

The international investment group, which started out with the incorporation of supply chain consultancy RL Consulting in 2000, took over the 1,050-acre Oxford University farming estate in 2001 and launched a groundbreaking centre for agricultural research and development, called the Food Animal Initiative.

Two years later the group was joined by 5M Enterprises, which has become one of the leading international technical publishers for the livestock and farming sectors, with offices in Sheffield, Beijing and the USA.

Benchmark entered the aquaculture sector in 2004 through its Fish Vet Group subsidiary and subsequently moved into the animal health products, launching a treatment to prevent sea lice from infesting farmed Atlantic salmon and its Virasure range of biocides.

Two years ago, Fish Vet Group launched subsidiaries in the US and in Norway., followed by a sustainability division called Trie.

Last year, the company acquired Novartis Animal Health vaccine manufacturing plant in Braintree and launched Benchmark Vaccines, which makes vaccines under contract for the animal health industry.

Second-placed Kuusakoski is the UK arm of Scandinavia’s leading industrial recycling company, and scrap metal processor, Kuusakoski Inc, which operates more than 100 locations worldwide, including the USA, China and Taiwan.

T&W Holdings has shot up from 17th in the Sheffield rankings to third, after increasing its profits from £967,000 to £2.8 million.

Although based in Sheffield, the company operates out of Northampton as groundwork specialist T&W Civil Engineering.

President Engineering Group has risen from eighth to fourth this year on profits up by just under 14 per cent from just under £2.0 million to more than £2.2 million.

The group was launched in 2010 following a management buyout of cryogenic valve specialist Bestobell Valves and international mining safety equipment manufacturer Conflow from the Flow Group.

The workforce has increased from 86 to 115, turnover has increased by almost 40 per cent and international sales are up by 37 per cent.

TOP 100 - Sheffield

6 Benchmark Holdings 3619

9 Kuusakoski 3113

12 T & W Holdings 2765

16 President Engineering Group 2209

20 Tgw (Holdings) 1889

21 T.W. Ward C.N.C. Machinery 1880

22 X-Cel Superturn (Gb) 1866

23 I.S.L. Holdings 1858

25 Yorkshire Stainless 1654.854

26 Wolf Safety Lamp Company (The) 1635

27 Scx 1614

28 Emsc (Uk) 1548.292

39 Mb Group (Uk) 1360

46 Lablogic (2011) 1202.42

50 Evolution Power Tools 1132

51 Tinsley Bridge (Holdings) Limited 1122

52 Ward Hi-Tech 1116.674

54 Pasuda Group Holdings 1064.816

57 Furniss And White (Foundries) 1038

60 J.W.Sivil 997