Criteria behind Top 100 SMEs

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In order to be included in the Star Business/Barber Harrison & Platt Top 100 SMEs, companies must fulfill 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 a Limited Liability Partnership or a listed Public Limited Company and they must be up to date when it comes to filing accounts with Companies House.

Companies must also be based in Sheffield, Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster or Rotherham, which, for the purposes of this survey, is defined as having a principal trading addresses or registered office with one of the following postcodes: S1-S79, S82-S99, DN1-DN13, DN23-DN30, DN38-DN39, DN41-DN99 and DE45.

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

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.

Some company names or the names under which they trade, have changed, while other companies may have different trading names.

Companies whose names have changed include eighth placed Asmet, which was formerly known as A&S Metallurgical Resources, 12th placed Moloney Technologies, which appeared in last year’s table as Moloney Ventures and 45th placed Acorn Industrial Services Group, which appeared in last year’s table as HLW 271.

If you have comments about the Top 100 survey, contact the business desk of the Star, tel: (0114) 252 1353. email: bob.rae@ or write to: Bob Rae, Industrial Editor, The Star, Sheffield, S1 1PU. For financial periods of more than or fewer than 52 weeks, the figures have been annualised on a pro-rata basis.

Nominations for next year’s table are welcome at