Solid fuels specialist still at the top

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Wingerworth-based solid fuel specialist CPL Industries has retained its top spot as Chesterfield’s most profitable businss for the fifth year running.

Its success comes just a month after Lloyds Bank backed a partial buy-out of CPL, which was founded in 1973 to bring together British Coal’s non-mining operations and was sold to its management team in 1995.

Previous majority shareholder RBS and two former members of the management team sold their stakes in the latest deal. Private equity shareholder Vision Capital took a majority stake, with members of the senior management team holding the remaining shares.

CPL retained its top spot in the Chesterfield table despite profits being down by just over 30 per cent on the figures published in the 2012 Top 100.

The group ranks as Europe’s largest manufacturer of smokeless fuel products and supplies a comprehensive range of coal and smokeless fuels to households, commercial outlets and industrial customers.

It also includes Logs2u, which delivers long-burning hardwood logs and bags of kindling to people with open fires, multi-fuel stoves, heaters and cookers, and Creative Garden Ideas, which supplies garden related products.

Chesterfield profits 2013

26 CPL Industries Holdings 8,400

28 Bridgstock 6,148

63 United Kenning Rental Group 5,765

97 National Floorcoverings Holdings 2,966

50 Eyre & Elliston Holdings 2,668

14 T. C. Harrison Group 2,147

59 Xtratherm UK 1,983

19 Avanti GAS 1,574

66 Tennant Metallurgical Group 1,413

81 Chesterfield Poultry 1,182