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Doncaster has bid goodbye to three high-fliers and one loss-maker this year and welcomed five companies that have boosted profits sufficiently to secure places among the town’s most profitable SMEs.

Independent aluminium extrusion manufacturer Kaye Aluminium, electrical distributor Smith Bros (Caer Conan) and potato supplier M Higgins – placed third, fourth and 10th respectively in last year’s Doncaster listing have all exceeded the turnover and assets criteria for SMEs.

Meanwhile, Don Valley Engineering, the heavy duty plant and machinery manufacturer, placed seventh in last year’s Doncaster table and 46th overall, has slipped out of contention after seeing profits of £710,000 turn into a £120,000 loss.

Bawtry Carbon International and Hi-Level Enterprises have swapped places at the top of the table.

Motorcycle spares wholesaler Hi-Level has lost its top spot after profits decline by almost half from £3.8 million to £1.8 million.

While Hi-Level’s profits declined profits rose by more than a fifth from £3.1 million to £3.7 million at Bawtry Carbon International, which is based at Austerfield and makes cathodes and other carbon-based products, mainly for the aluminium industry.

Third placed Trust Care is a new entry to the Star Business/Barber Harrison & Platt Top 100 SMEs rankings and the table of Doncaster’s most profitable SMEs.

The Wadsworth-based care homes operator, founded in 2007 by Andrew Savage and Steven Wilson, has homes in Town Moor Avenue in Doncaster and Wrawby, near Brigg and gained its place by turning losses into a £1.1 million profit.

Other newcomers securing places towards the top of the Doncaster table are fifth-placed Ceramica Impex and sixth-placed Doncaster Motor Spares. Ceramica Impex was established five years ago and imports raw materials used by manufacturers of ceramics and exports tiles.

Since it was founded 72 years ago, Doncaster Motor Spares has grown to become one of the UK’s leading motor vehicle dismantling and salvage specialists, with the capability of dismantling and ‘de-polluting’ more than 200 vehicles a day.

The company, which trades under the name Motor Hog, auctions off cars, bikes, commercial and heavy goods vehicles and plant, in addition to selling parts and stereos recovered from vehicles that have been scrapped.

Tumbling down the table from fifth to ninth is Inhoco 2082.

The company, based at the Doncaster headquarters of Trupart, the market-leading, independent, distributor of automotive parts and lighting products to the automotive aftermarket saw profits fall by more than half from £1.3 million to just under £600,000.