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Topping the Rotherham table for the third year running is History & Heraldry, the Hellaby-based firm, which was once the Sheffield City Region’s most profitable SME.

The company started out in the early 1990s, selling framed posters detailing the origins of family names through department stores and now designs and markets a range of impulse purchase products, small and comparatively cheap gifts such as fridge magnets, key rings, cuff links, pens, personalised mugs and the like.

Customers include visitor attractions, garden centres and gift shops and the company now makes products with messages in 25 different languages that are sold in 50 countries around the world.

Also placed among Rotherham’s 10 most profitable SMEs for the second year running is Paper Island, a separate card and gift manufacturer, with representation in more than 30 countries, which is based at History & Heraldry’s Hellaby headquarters.

Top 100 SMEs newcomer EMSc (UK) has gone straight in to second place in the listing of Rotherham’s most profitable SMEs.

The company, established by Dr Alex Mardapittas, specialises in developing energy saving systems for a range of applications, focusing on voltage optimisation, which matches the voltage supplied to the requirements of the equipment it is powering.

EMSc’s technology is based around the fact that modern electrical equipment is designed to work on 220 volts, however, since voltage falls, the further the electricity travels, users closest to a sub-station could be getting as much as 250 volts, which typically means their equipment runs hotter, which then shortens its life and increases their electricity bills.

EMSc has developed a range of systems, tailored to the needs of everyone from heavy industry to hotels and domestic users and has not featured in the Top 100 before because it previously submitted abbreviated accounts.

Thos Winnard, the Barbot Hall Industrial Estate-based company that makes commercial vehicle brake drums, discs, pads, linings, shoes and accessories, slips from second to third, despite increasing profits by around £200,000 for the second year running.

Acorn Industrial Services has doubled its profits and risen two places to become Rotherham’s fourth most profitable company.

The Midland Road company supplies bearings, power transmission, linear motion and maintenance products made by a number of companies to customers in the UK and around the globe and is the authorised trade distributor for Swedish group SKF in the UK.

Aldwarke-based One Flight, the market leading designer, importer and wholesale supplier of giftware and home accessories to large multiple retailers and independents, retains its place as Rotherham’s fifth most profitable company.

Meanwhile Whirlowdale Trading, the Canklow Meadows-based leading UK provider of plastic, wooden and cardboard pallets, and other packaging products, returns to the Top 100 after two years’ absence thanks to an almost fivefold increase in profits.

2012 SMEs - Rotherham

3 History & Heraldry 4,144

10 Emsc (UK) 2,510

17 Thos.Winnard & Sons 1,984

23 Acorn Industrial Services Group 1,651

37 One Flight (Candlelight Products) 1,243

39 Whirlowdale Trading Company 1,224

59 Paper Island 788

68 Lo’s Pharmacy 685

73 Ben Bennett JR 607

97 Audacia Holdings 483*