Strict rules for inclusion in Top 100

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to be included in the Star Business/Barber Harrison & Platt Top 100 SMEs, companies must fulfil two of three criteria: fewer than 250 employees, an annual turnover of less than £25.9 million and less than £12.9 million gross assets.

Companies must not be a Limited Liability Partnership or a listed Public Limited Company and they must be up to date in filing accounts with Companies House.

Companies must also be based in Sheffield, Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster or Rotherham, which, for the purposes of this survey, is defined as having a principal trading address or registered office with one of the following post codes: S1-S79, S82-S99, DN1-DN12 and DE45.

Wherever possible, companies that are subsidiaries of other companies, listed PLCs and LLPs have been excluded.

For financial periods of more than or fewer than 52 weeks, the figures have been annualised on a pro-rata basis.

Figures have been compiled by Barber Harrison & Platt using the latest published financial information filed at Companies House and financial data provided by Bureau van Dijk’s Fame database at the time the survey was carried out. Every effort has been made to ensure the details are as comprehensive and accurate as possible, but there may be businesses that feel they have been unjustly left out.

All the tables are based on profit figures and the tables listing the most profitable companies in each district have been drawn up according to postal towns. This can mean that a company which falls within one local authority’s boundaries appears in the listing for another area.

Companies that have dropped out of the tables may have done so because they are now too large to justify inclusion, others may have been removed because their registered office is no longer within the Sheffield City Region.

Some company names, or the names under which they trade, have changed, while other companies may have different trading names.

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.

Companies whose profit figures are marked ** have submitted figures for periods that are greater or fewer than 52 weeks and have had their profits annualised on a pro-rata basis.

n If you have comments about the Top 100 survey, contact the business desk of The Star on (0114) 252 1353. e-mail bob.rae@ thestar.co.uk or write to: Bob Rae, Industrial Editor, The Star, York Street, Sheffield, S1 1PU.

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that no qualifying companies have been omitted, however, private company information can be incomplete. In certain circumstances the compilers of the table have made exceptions to the qualification criteria and their decision is final. Nominations for next year are welcome at info@bhp.co.uk.