Firm retains rating despite fall in profits

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History & Heraldry retains the honours as Rotherham’s most profitable SME for the fourth year running, despite a 41 per cent fall in profits from £4.1 million in 2012 to £2.4 million.

The Hellaby-based company started out in the early 1990s, selling framed posters detailing the origins of family names through department stores and now designs and markets a range of impulse purchase products, small and comparatively cheap gifts such as fridge magnets, key rings, cuff links, pens, personalised mugs and the like.

Customers include visitor attractions, garden centres and gift shops. The company makes products with messages in 25 different languages that are sold in 50 countries around the world and claims that every second of every day, one of its products is sold somewhere in the world.

Whirlowdale Trading, the Canklow Meadows-based leading UK provider of plastic, wooden and cardboard pallets, and other packaging products, is a previous Rotherham table topper that returned to the Top 100 last year after two years’ absence thanks to an almost five fold increase in profits. A further increase by 13.6 per cent has pushed the company, which operates 10 depots across the UK, up from sixth to second this year.

Aldwarke-based One Flight – previously known as Candlelight, the market leading designer, importer and wholesale supplier of giftware and home accessories, has risen two places after a 3.5 per cent increase in profits. One Flight’s customers include large multiple and independent retailers.

Sales training expert Huthwaite International increased its turnover by 20 per cent and more than doubled its profits from £478,000 to £1.1 million to lift itself from 98th in last year’s Top 100 SMEs to 53rd and earn itself a place as Rotherham’s fourth most profitable SME.

Another major improver was Hamsard 3120, which has more than trebled its profits from £286,000 to £948,000.

The group is based at the Eastwood Trading Estate headquarters of CMD, one of the UK’s leading office power, ergonomics and cable management businesses.

CMD was founded in 1984 and underwent a management buyout in 2008.

The company supplies power and lighting systems which enable cabling to be hidden under floors, lighting control systems and office power, cable management and ergonomic systems for customers who include furniture manufacturers and dealers, electrical contractors, architects and consultants.

After two years of increased profits, which put it among the top three Rotherham SMEs, Barbot Hall Industrial Estate-based commercial vehicle brake products and accessories business Thos Winnard has slipped to seventh place after profits fell from £1,984,000 to £943,000.

Three family owned companies round out the rankings of Rotherham’s most profitable SMEs.

Independent finance broker Norton Finance has regained a place among Rotherham’s most profitable SMEs for the first time since 2008.

Potato merchant Holme Farm Produce celebrates its 30th birthday this year. The company installed the latest washing and grading equipment after relocating to its Goldthorpe site in 2007, enabling it to grade potatoes ranging in size from just 40 mm to 140 mm in diameter.

As a result, the company can distribute potatoes that meet around 50 different product specifications.

Harvest Healthcare manufactures, distributes, maintains and repairs a range of hospital beds, mattresses, cushions, pads, hoists, fire evacuation and associated equipment.

The company exports to countries that include Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany and Dubai.

Top Rotherham SMEs

14 History & Heraldry 2,442

35 Whirlowdale Trading Company 1,391

42 One Flight Limited 1,286

53 Huthwaite International 1,080

55 Acorn Industrial Services Group Ltd 1,057

63 Hamsard 3120 948

64 Thos.Winnard & Sons 943

65 Norton Finance Group 927

96 Holme Farm Produce 649

100 Harvest Healthcare 625