Thriving firms make list of top companies

Barclays Bank's Chris Forrest, Go Outdoors' Chris Matthews, BHP Corporate Finance's Stephen Ingram, Go Outdoors' chief financial officer, Chris Morgan and Jamie Farrell and Pete Wilmer, from Barclays.
Barclays Bank's Chris Forrest, Go Outdoors' Chris Matthews, BHP Corporate Finance's Stephen Ingram, Go Outdoors' chief financial officer, Chris Morgan and Jamie Farrell and Pete Wilmer, from Barclays.
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Four South Yorkshire companies are among 250 firms hailed as Britain’s leading private mid-market companies.

The assessment, based on sales, includes Firth Rixson, where more than 140 jobs have been identified at being at risk since the start of the year.

The firm is ranked second overall on the basis of draft accounts showing profits totalling £88.8 million on sales of £635.3 million for the year to the end of September 2013.

The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 also includes Doncaster motor drealer, the Stoneacre Group, Rotherham-based metals recycler CF Booth and Sheffield-based outdoor clothing and equipment retailer GO Outdoors.

Stoneacre was place 67 with profits of £6.2 million on sales of £343.2 million, CF Booth was placed 91st with profits of £3.8 million on sales of £273.3 million and GO Outdoors was placed 181st with profits of £3 million on sales of £171 million.

All four companies improved on their previous positions, with GO Outdoors securing a place in the listing for the first time.

GO Outdoors success comes says after the company announced that it was accelerating its growth plans following the completion of a £33 million refinancing deal with Barclays.

GO Outdoors will use the cash to fund store expansion, refurbish existing stores and development of its ‘multi-channel’ operation, typically selling products by mail order, through calls centres and over the internet.