Qualifications for our top 100 listing

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In ORDER to be included in the Star Business/Barber Harrison & Platt Top 100, companies must be independent businesses, holding companies in a UK group or the ultimate UK holding company of an overseas-controlled group.

The business must be up to date when it comes to filing accounts with Companies House and the company must be based in or undertake its principal trading activities in Sheffield, Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster or Rotherham.

For the purposes of this survey, this is defined as having a principal trading addresses or registered office with one of the following post codes: S1-S79, S82-S99, DN1-DN13, DN23-DN30, DN38-DN39, DN41-DN99 and DE45.

Figures have been compiled by Barber Harrison & Platt using latest accounts data publicly available from Companies House and Fame.

Several companies that appeared in last year’s table now appear under a new corporate grouping. These are: Vasanta Group, now appearing as Vasanta Group Holdings; Full Circle Future, now appearing as DFS Furniture Holdings; Right4staff Holdings, now appearing as Epoch 1 and Burrows (South Yorkshire), now appearing as Burrows Motor Company.

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.

One of the most likely reasons is that the business isn’t registered in South Yorkshire and there are no figures available for its South Yorkshire operations.

Only companies whose turnover was high enough to justify a Top 100 listing are included in the analysis which has created the profit and employment tables.

It is possible that there might be companies with profits high enough to justify a placing in one of the profits tables, which have been excluded because their turnover is too low to gain a Top 100 rating.

The tables listing the most profitable companies in each district have been drawn up according to postal towns.

This can mean that a company based within one local authority’s boundaries appears in the listing for another area. Most companies that have dropped out of the tables will have done so because their turnover is now too low to justify inclusion, or their registered office is no longer in the Sheffield City Region.

Companies whose telephone numbers are marked with a * have registered with The Corporate Telephone Preference Service (CTPS). It is a legal requirement that companies do not make unsolicited calls to numbers registered on the CTPS

If you have comments about the Top 100 survey, contact Industrial Editor Bob Rae, call 0114 2521353, email bob.rae@ thestar.co.uk or write to, Bob Rae, The Star, York Street, Sheffield, S1 1PU.