TOP100 SMEs: Turbocharged Melett races to leading position as it aims to move up the gears

Managing director of Melett, Ian Warhurst
Managing director of Melett, Ian Warhurst
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It wouldn’t be the Top100 SME without a mention of Melett - although this could be its last appearance.

The Barnsley turbocharger parts company is back on top of the main table, which is ranked by profit, after a year at number two.

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The firm, run by Ian Warhurst, made a very impressive £6.5m pre-tax profit last year, just five per cent down on the £6.9m it made the year before - which followed £8m the year before.

It also had £23.3m turnover, just under the £25.9m threshold that would see it graduate to become a ‘large’ company.

Late last year it announced it was targeting the American market where drivers were finally waking up to the need to cut emissions. Vehicle manufacturers can cut engine capacity but retain power using a turbocharger. The move promises to drive the firm up a few gears.

Established in 1995, Melett, of Zenith Park, Barugh Green, was bought by managing director Ian Warhurst and his wife Nicola in 2002. Export is 90 per cent of business.