Biggest landlord also most profitable

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The company that lays claim to being Doncaster’s largest landlord has moved straight in to number one spot in the ranking of the town’s most profitable SMEs

Lazarus Properties was founded in 1997 by local businessmen Mick Murray and Lloyd Nicholson to focus on retail and leisure property in Doncaster town centre and currently owns and operates 275,000 sq ft in the town, with 100,000 sq ft through the country, including London’s Belgravia, Kensington and Chelsea and Notting Hill.

Leading properties in South Yorkshire include Sheffield’s I-Quarter, with its 17 storey glass tower on the edge of Sheffield city centre, close to Victoria Quays, and one of Doncaster’s prime office developments, Lazarus House.

The company also controls High Fisher View, a mixed use development in Doncaster that incorporates a 140-bedroom Premier Inn hotel, retail, leisure and office space, and the former Odeon site, which has planning permission for a mixed use development.

Hi-Level Enterprises, the motorcycle spares wholesaler, which topped the Doncaster table from 2007 to 2010, retains its second place, despite a 20 per cent drop in profits from £3.8 million to £3.0 million.

Westdale Services is another newcomer to the Top 100.

Founded by Malcolm Kitching, Allan Bishop and Lee Bishop as a small, specialist contractor providing external wall insulation and rendering, the company now works directly for local authorities, major housing associations and the nation’s largest contractors on housing stock refurbishment projects. It also designs and installs modern, lightweight façade systems and has built up its own land bank, with the aim of building up its property development activities.

Current projects include a multi-million-pound Government Community Energy Saving Programme, funded by EDF Energy, that could cut the heating bills of residents of Hexthorpe by up to 40 per cent.

A £3 millon increase in profits pushed Mexborough-based process plant manufacturer Charles Thompson to the top of the rankings of Doncaster’s most profitable SMEs last year.

However, the increase hasn’t been sustained and the company, which has grown over 30 years from a small fabricator, serving the local steel and coal industries, to supplying major global companies in the pharmaceutical, chemical, oil and gas industries, has fallen back into fifth place.

Doncaster Motorspares Holdings, Red Arrow Trading and Leonard Tomlinson also saw profits decline, but Bawtry-based John Hudson Trailers, which previously filed abbreviated accounts, has now gained a place in the Top 100 and among Doncaster’s most profitable SMEs.

John Hudson Trailers is a family owned firm that was established in 1959

The company hires and sells a range of HGV commercial specialised trailers, including curtain siders, drop frame machinery carriers and multi-axle low loaders and lays claim to having the largest specialised trailer hire fleet in Europe.

It also offers a range of services including maintenance, repair and testing.