How firms qualify for top 100 table

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In order to be included in the Star Business Barber Harrison & Platt Top 100, companies must be independent businesses, holding companies in a UK group or the ultimate UK holding company of an overseas-controlled group.

The business must be up to date when it comes to filing accounts with Companies House and the company must be based in or undertake its principal trading activities in Sheffield, Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster or Rotherham, which, for the purposes of this survey, is defined as having a principal trading addresses or registered office with one of the following post codes: S1-S79, S82-S99, DN1-DN12 and DE45. Figures have been compiled by Barber Harrison & Platt using latest accounts data publicly available from Companies House and Bureau van Dijk’s Fame.

Where companies have submitted figures for longer or less than 52 weeks, the figures have been annualised on a pro-rata basis.


Every effort has been made to ensure the details are as comprehensive and accurate as possible, but private company information can be incomplete.

Efforts have also been made to ensure that no qualifying company has been omitted. In certain circumstances the compilers of the table have made exceptions to the qualification criteria and their decision is final. One of the most likely reasons is that the business isn’t registered in South Yorkshire and there are no figures available for its South Yorkshire operations.

Only companies whose turnover was high enough to justify a Top 100 listing are included in the analysis which has created the profit and employment tables.

It is possible that there might be companies with profits high enough to justify a placing in one of the profits tables, which have been excluded because their turnover is too low to gain a Top 100 rating. If you feel your business has been unjustly left out, please submit a request to be included in next year’s listing to

Tables listing the most profitable companies in each district have been drawn up according to postal towns. This can mean that a company based within one local authority’s boundaries appears in the listing for another area.

Most companies that have dropped out of the tables will have done so because their turnover is now too low to justify inclusion, or their registered office is no longer within the Sheffield City Region.

Companies whose telephone numbers are marked with a * have registered with The Corporate Telephone Preference Service (CTPS). It is a legal requirement that companies do not make unsolicited calls to numbers registered on the CTPS.

If you have comments about the Top 100 survey, contact Business Editor Bob Rae, tel: (0114) 252 1353. e-mail: bob.rae@ or write to: Bob Rae, The Star, York Street, Sheffield, S1 1PU.