The criteria for making it onto our list

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

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

This year, the geographical area has been expanded to include SMEs from across the whole of the Sheffield City Region, as defined by the Local Enterprise Partnership, which includes Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.

To qualify for considerations, SMEs must have a principal trading addresses or registered office with one of the following post codes: S1-S79, S80-S81, S99, DN1-DN12, DE4, DE45, DE55, DE6, DN14 9, DN22, NG19 7-NG19 8, NG20 8-NG20 9, NG22 0, SK17.

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

If the financial periods for the accounts are greater or less 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.