Half out of profit table

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Almost half of last year’s Top 20 profit makers have slipped out of this year’s rankings.

Two companies – Sheffield-based outdoor clothing and equipment retailer GO Outdoors and Castings group William Cook – succeeded in increasing their profits.

However, they failed to reach the new cut-off point for inclusion among the Top 20 – up from £4 million last year to £5.7 million.

Two Doncaster companies – opencast mining and colliery reclamation specialist ATH Resources and pneumatic conveying systems specialist Clyde Process Solutions - left the table after making losses.

Meanwhile, reduced profits resulted in the departure from the table of castings, forgings and engineering group Sheffield Forgemasters; Billington, the Barnsley-based firm that designs, fabricates and erects structural steelwork for the construction industry, motor group Gilder and Transaction Network Services, the US-owned business that provides secure electronic payments and transaction services.

Sailing straight in at the top of the table was newcomer, law firm Irwin Mitchell, displacing US-owned Danaher UK Industries, which fell to fifth place after seeing profits reduced by £8.2 million.

Seven out of the top 20 companies have notched up profits in excess of £10 million this year, compared with four last year.

Looking at the Top 100 as a whole, total profits are up by almost £91 million on last year, on turnover up by 1.8 billion and the number of loss makers has fallen – down from 29 in 2011 to 20 this year.

TOP COMPANIES - Profits

19 Irwin Mitchell LLP 40,966

26 Henry Boot PLC 18,918

13 A4E Ltd 15,117

32 A.E.S. Engineering Limited 12,973

27 Danaher UK Industries Limited 12,827

24 CPL Industries Holdings Limited 12,200

9 E.L.G. Haniel Metals Limited 10,191

80 Cse-Global (UK) Limited 9,732

28 GRI Group Limited 9,163

21 London & Scandinavian Metallurgical CO Ltd 8,932

6 Insight Direct (UK) Ltd 8,897

15 Siemens VAI Metals Technologies Limited 8,780

63 Westfield Contributory Health Scheme Limited 8,530

43 Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (UK) Ltd 8,027

71 United Kenning Rental Group Limited 7,511

3 Outokumpu Stainless Limited 7,500

33 ABS Industrial Resources Limited 6,904

60 MS International PLC 6,684

73 ESG Holdings Limited 5,777

59 EDS Group Holdings Limited 5,708