Communicating technological joy

John Foster, MD of Fosters Bakery, Mapplewell
John Foster, MD of Fosters Bakery, Mapplewell
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Moloney Technologies has displaced the Company Shop as Barnsley’s most profitable SME.

The success for Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre-based Moloney comes after a year in which a lot of the town’s most profitable companies saw those profits eroded.

Only two of the seven companies remaining in the table from last year succeeded in increasing their profits – Moloney, which saw profits increase by almost a fifth, from £1.3 million to £1.6 million and Carlton Main Brickworks, where profits rose by more than half from £424,000 to £904,000.

Moloney started out in the food business and owns Enterprise Foods, which supplies 25,000 products to 1,100 stores and 5,000 food outlets, including craft bakeries across the UK.

More recently, the company added a communications division called Enterprise Technologies (UK), which was set up by former Royal Signals and Royal Artillery communications officers with more than 80 years combined experience in strategic, surveillance and commercial telecommunications.

ETech specialise in telecommunications, networking, surveillance, detection, alarm management, ‘situational awareness’ and intelligence systems, but says its broad range of skills can be applied to any communications needs.

Carlton Main Brickworks – or Carlton Brick – is a privately owned clay brick factory based at Grimethorpe, which has been making bricks for 125 years and makes about 35 million bricks every year.

Its success moved the company up from 15th in the table of Barnsley’s most profitable SMEs to fifth.

The biggest losers were Riverside Motors, where profits fell by 80 per cent from £1.9 million to £1 million, and the Company Shop, which still secured second place in the table, despite a 42 per cent fall in profits to £1.4 million.

Riverside has Volvo dealerships in Doncaster and Hull and Mitsubishi and Renault dealerships near Scarborough, while the Tankersley-based Company Shop is a discount store group which increased its profits by more than 75 per cent and 50 per cent during the last two years.

Newcomers to this year’s ranking are Silkstone Finance, Warwick Ward (Machinery), Glass Recycling (UK), Fosters Bakery, Cannon Hall Farm, Burntwood Sports and Jakto Holdings.

Silkstone is the holding company for kitchen furniture manufacturer Ultima, while Warwick Ward, founded in 1970 and based at Blacker Hill, lays claim to being Europe’s largest stockist of new and used earth-moving equipment and spare parts.

The company was nominated for the Business Growth and Business of the Year awards at Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce’s business awards last year.

Glass Recycling UK is the UK’s largest independent glass recycling company and collects thousands of tonnes of glass bottles and jars every week from more than 7,000 bottle banks, located at local authority and private sector sites.

The company has invested in equipment to extract unwanted metal, ceramics, stones and paper from the glass it collects and last year invested in new equipment to sort coloured glass before turning it into cullet for glass manufacturers.

Fosters Bakery makes bread, rolls and confectionery for supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, catering establishments, food manufacturers and a range of other outlets in the UK and abroad, including selling baguettes to France.

Cannon Hall Farm has been diversifying since the 1980s, launching a tearoom in 1981, opening to the public in 1989, adding an adventure playground, a toy and gift shop, farm shop and delicatessen.

The Farm has become one of Yorkshire’s most popular visitor attractions and was recently named the Best Tourism Experience at Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards.