Fultons still ice cool at the top

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Frozen foods specialist Fulton Foods’ parent group, Viewtone, has sailed straight in as Barnsley’s most profitable Top 100 company after entering the rankings for the first time.

The trading company was launched by Jack Fulton as Frozen Value in 1960 and took the founder’s name in 1971, going on to be acquired by current managing director Kevin Gunter in 1997, following a Management Buy In.

Nowadays, the company trades as Fultons Foods and Jack Fultons and continues to be privately owned by Mr Gunter and finance director Karen Rees. It operates more than 100 stores, across an area stretching from Teeside to Nottingham and Yorkshire and the Humber to Lancashire. The group also distributes frozen foods to retail outlets across the UK from its warehouse, distribution centre and head office, which it had purpose-built in Darton, Barnsley, eight years ago.

Second placed Naylor Industries has more than trebled its profits since it last appeared in the Top 100 rankings in 2011.

Cawthorne-based Naylor is currently pressing ahead with plans for further growth internationally, after tying up a new finance package worth £14 million with HSBC.

Naylor got another boost in March when its flowerpots and other products went on display in the foyer of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills in Westminster as part of a UK design showcase.

Barnsley profits 2013

88 Viewtone Trading Group 2,009

98 Naylor Industries PLC 1,528

82 Riverside Motors Holdings 1,426

33 Symphony Holdings 1,392

65 Moloney Technologies 1,363