This year 10 complete newcomers and two returnees join the Star Barber Harrison & Platt Top 100.
Among them is SES Holdings, the Doncaster company that provides a diverse range of engineering services to the mining, tunnelling and civil engineering industries. It first joined the Top 100 in 2009 but was missing last year. The company operates two divisions, SES Rail and SES Contracting, and is back after boosting turnover by more than a third to £40.9 million, although profits fell by just over a fifth to £640,000. SES Rail provides track labour, undertakes major projects and provides a range of services for the rail industry, while SES Contracting provides a range of services.
ground stabilisation, lining, underground face installation, salvage and old mine closure services.
Also returning after a one year gap is Naylor Industries, the Barnsley-based manufacturer of clay and plastic drainage products, garden ware and concrete products, which joined the Top 100 in 2011, but slipped out again the following year.
Naylor has been manufacturing clay pipes since it was founded by the great-grandfather of its current chief executive in 1890 and has slipped back in after increasing its turnover by 14 per cent to £36.6 million.
Leading the newcomers is Portbond, which gains its place following a seven fold increase in turnover to £81.9 million.
Doncaster-based Portbond owns the Kilnhurst-based Universal Recycling Company, through its London Wiper Company subsidiary.
Universal operates premises in Yorkshire and Lancashire and its clients range from scrap metal merchants to cable and white-goods manufacturers.
In addition to recycling metal, Universal recycles cables to make a range of PVC and rubber granules and a patented petroleum jelly covered polythene riding surface, called Vasa Track, which are used in indoor and outdoor arenas and gallops
The granules can be mixed with sand to stabilise the surface and its Vasa Track product has been used to create a springy and stable surface for all weather race tracks throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
Hamsard 3191 is linked with the Sheffield-based University for Industry and its e-learning arm, Learndirect, and makes its appearance after the company’s registered office moved to Sheffield from Coventry, following the link up of the UFI and the Coventry-based JHP Group
Both businesses are backed by Lloyds TSB Development Capital.
JHP has worked with more than a quarter of a million companies, ranging from SMEs to blue-chip corporates and trains around 20,000 apprentices a year.
Meanwhile, Learndirect’s online training has helped more than four million people improve their skills since 2000 and assisted 75,000 businesses to equip their staff with the skills they need.
Other newcomers include Andaray Holdings, Chesterfield Poultry, recruitment and training group Nicholas Associates, specialist construction group Horbury Group, Viewtone Trading, leading independent extrusion company Kaye Aluminium, catering industry suppliers Underwood Meat and Hesley Holdings.
Andaray’s subsidiaries include Sheffield Road-based Cooper & Turner, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of bolts, nuts and washers and Canklow Meadows-based Alfran Fasteners.
Viewtone is the parent group of Barnsley-based Jack Fulton Frozen Foods, which trades from more than 100 stores and supplies frozen foods to retail outlets across the UK, while the Hesley Group provides flexible, specialist residential services and schools for young people and adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.