There are 44,700 businesses in Sheffield City Region, with an annual output of more than £28.2bn - and 80 per cent of them are SMEs.
The vital importance of small and medium-sized companies to the local economy is beyond doubt - and today’s supplement and Top100 table is a celebration of all they do.
Just making it into the The Star Business/Barber Harrison & Platt list is a huge achievement in a fiercely competitive business environment.
It is pleasing to see an increase in the number of jobs they sustain up from 8,307 last year to 8,413 and a 14 per cent rise in profits, to £177m.
New in at number one this year is Harworth Estates Property Group which is one of the largest property and regeneration companies in the North, owning and managing 30,000 acres across 200 sites. They include Waverley in Rotherham, Yorkshire’s largest ever mixed used brownfield development. Its 740 acres is home to the Advanced Manufacturing Park and housing developments.
Barnsley firm Melett at number two has won three Queen’s Awards for international trade and was the most profitable SME in the region in 2012 and 2013.
Another Barnsley company takes the third spot, Glass Recycling (UK) which made £6.5m on £20m turnover - a hefty £2m improvement on last year and enough to take it up two places from 5th.
It comes after a good run in which the Carlton company - one of the UK’s largest independent glass recycling firms - increased profits by 54 per cent two years ago.
In complete contrast, in berth number four, is Bolsover Cruise Club, a travel agent based in Mansfield.
L Jackson & Co, Doncaster’s most profitable SME, is fifth, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of ex-military vehicles. Displaying considerable entrepreneurship - not to mention export skills - it buys them in, does them up and ships them across the world in huge numbers.
X-Cel Superturn flies the flag for Sheffield at number seven - a rise from 22nd last year for this precision machining company .
Another property firm, Dransfield Properties in Sheffield, is in ninth place after selling some assets last year.
In June, business secretary Vince Cable marked the start of work on Dransfield’s £42m Fox Valley development in Stocksbridge which will transform a 28-acre former industrial site off Manchester Road into a mixed use development containing a supermarket, shops and cafes, offices and housing.
Distinction Doors of Barnsley completes the top 10. The maker of composite doors posted an impressive rise from 19th place.