Table topper celebrates six years in a row in SME listings

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Chesterfield table topper National Floorcoverings has appeared in the Top 100 SMEs listings in different guises since 2007 – most often as Granwood Holdings.

The company can trace its history back almost 150 years and owns a range 
of subsidiaries making everything from carpets and carpet tiles to sports flooring.

Subsidiaries include Paragon and Mat.Works, based at Wath-upon-Dearne and Play-Rite and Heckmondwike, based 
in Liversedge, West Yorkshire.

Paragon, based at Wath-upon-Dearne, makes carpet tiles and rolls and exports as far a field as Russia.

Mat.Works, which is 
also based at Paragon’s Farfield Park site, makes entrance and non-slip safety matting

West Yorkshire-based Play-Rite makes artificial sports and play surfaces, used for cricket, bowls, tennis, hockey and other playing applications, and Heckmondwike FB makes fibre-bonded products 
used in schools, libraries, offices and other applications.

National Floorcoverings last topped the Chesterfield table in 2009 as Granwood Holdings, when pre-
tax profits were £2.5 million.

Last year profits stood at just under £3.0 million, prior to rising by 67 per cent to just under £5 million.

Newcomer P Marriott Drilling lays claim to 
being the largest onshore deep drilling company based in the United Kingdom.

The company was founded more than 65 years 
ago by agricultural engineer Richard Marriott, drilling for water until the late 1990s, when it moved into drilling for oil and gas as drilling contractor and working in the Central American state of Belize on oil exploration and development.

Nowadays, the group serves the oil, gas, gas storage, geothermal, mining, geoscience, coal and water industries – not to mention the shale gas sector, 
which could provide significant opportunities in the UK.

Last year’s table topper, Moorhen Holdings, has slipped to third place after a 23 per cent fall in pre-tax profits.

Moorhen makes roofing materials and construction products and was rated one of the 200 fastest growing companies in the East Midlands in a Confederation of British Industries survey earlier this year.

Cathelco, the marine corrosion and anti-fouling control equipment specialist, retains its fourth place.

Fifth placed Asmet is a returnee to the Top 100 SMEs.

The company, which supplies metallurgical consumables and 
specialist products to the iron, steel and aluminium industries, led the Chesterfield table in 2011.

Sixth placed Maxigrow is a newcomer , however.

The company 
supplies specialist horticultural products, including Maxibright horticultural lighting, which is designed to allow gardeners and horticultural enthusiasts to grow the whole year round.

TOP CHESTERFIELD SMEs

4 National Floorcoverings Holdings 4,960

8 P R Marriott Drilling 3,198

15 Moorhen Holdings 2,360

24 Cathelco 1,682

29 Asmet Limited 1,520

30 Maxigrow 1,509

34 Capital Refractories 1,452

37 Chesterfelt Holdings Limited 1,379

40 Ura Ventures 1,333

48 Chesterfield Poultry 1,182