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Welcome to the Top 100, East Anglia’s foremost business guide detailing how our leading companies have fared in terms of turnover and profitability.

Our updated list features businesses with sales ranging from just over £37m to £3.7bn-plus. Combined sales were slightly down to more than £18.3bn, but total profits were up from £1.1bn to £2.63bn, while the businesses directly employed more than 119,000 people again down from 124,000 people in the previous list.

There are 21 new entrants to the list and entry is based upon being a business located in Norfolk or Suffolk with a significant operating or trading facility in the area, which can be identified through a set of accounts.

You can explore more about the Top 100 on this site through the listings, and also our interactive map, and also keep up to date with the latest news from Top 100 businesses.

We produce the Top 100 jointly with our sponsor partners Mills & Reeve, PwC, and Roche Chartered Surveyors, without whose support the guide would not be possible.

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Cranswick Country Foods in Watton - On the production line. Picture; Matthew Usher.

The head of pork producer Cranswick has called on the government to provide greater clarity over the labour market in the wake of the Brexit vote.

CVS in Diss.
Chief Executive is SImon Innes.

Veterinary giant CVS Group has added 67 surgeries to its growing portfolio of practices, in what has been the most acquisitive year in its history.

Managing director of Crisp Maltings Euan Macpherson is retiring from his role - From left, Euan Macpherson and new MD Adrian Dyter. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A new managing director has taken sole control at the region’s leading private maltster, pledging to continue the work of his long-standing predecessor.

Pigs. Picture: Nick Bass

Bacon supplier Direct Table Foods has served up a tasty rise in profits, more than doubling its total from a year earlier.

James Hopkins, executive chairman of Hopkins Homes. Picture: www.nickstrugnell.com

At the age of 20, James Hopkins had few qualifications, and his father, a doctor, had begun to despair of him.

File photo dated 15/04/15 of construction workers on a building site.  Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Housebuilders must hold their nerve and weather the fallout from Britain’s decision to quit the EU to prevent a housing slowdown, say industry chiefs.

OOCL containers.

Container logistics company OOCL (Europe) has reported an annual loss of nearly £1m, with the impact of international trade sanctions on Russia adding to a mis-match between supply and demand.

Bernard Matthews rebrand. New product packaging and logo. Pictures submitted.

Turkey giant Bernard Matthews has sold its German branch to international rival Sprehe Gruppe (Sprehe Group), reducing group debt by €14m (£12m).

Sewing Room ,Multiyork Furnture
 Factory at Thetford,Norfolk
Photo: Jerry Daws
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Luxury furniture maker Multiyork is fighting back against a “difficult retail market”, by increasing sales and narrowing its losses.

Kettle Foods chef Chris Barnard retires. Pictured with new chef Phil Hovey.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The man behind the flavours at Norwich success story Kettle Foods is finally hanging up his chef whites. SABAH MEDDINGS reports.

A tour around the Kinnerton Factory in Fakenham - On the production line. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Fakenham’s biggest employer has captured a sales uplift despite a “difficult trading environment” thanks to the nation’s taste for chocolate.

Naked Wines, founder Rowan Gormely (left), managing director Eamon Fitzgerald. Picture submitted.

Sales at Naked Wines broke the £100m barrier last year, bringing a maiden profit for the crowdfunding retailer.

Jeyes. Picture: Sonya Duncan

A manufacturer which produces cleaning products for the Queen’s household has slashed its losses thanks to investment in its US operation.

Central Trust, Norwich.  
Photo: Antony Kelly

A lender has been handed a £2.3m fine for “serious failings” relating to its handling of historic Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) claims.

Clays book printers in Bungay. Picture: Submitted

Readers turning away from digital books and the continuing rise of the self-publisher have stabilised sales at the region’s biggest book printer.

New-build utility connections specialist Brookfield Utilities has reported increased annual profits.
Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Annual profits at Suffolk-based Brookfield Utilities have increased by more than one-third as it continues to add to the number of properties it connects.

Curtis Banks Group chief executive Rupert Curtis, left, with Will Self, managing director of Suffolk Life, outside the company's offices in Princes Street, Ipswich.

Self-invested personal pensions (SIPP) specialist Curtis Banks Group has completed the £45m acquisition of Ipswich-based Suffolk Life from Legal & General (L&G).

Dan Everitt, managing director of MSC UK.

Dan Everitt, managing director at the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s UK headquarters in Ipswich, has been named Multimodal Personality of the Year at a leading industry awards ceremony.

Treatt group chief executive Daemmon Reeve.

Flavours and fragrances specialist Treatt has reported improved first-half profits as its strategic move towards value-added products continues to gain ground.

Muntons officially opening its new vacuum band drying plant in Thailand.

A Stowmarket-based malt firm is celebrating the international expansion of its business with the opening of a new plant in Thailand.

Staff at Hughes Trade celebrate its rebranding.

Trade Electricals Direct (TED). the fast-growing trade arm of East Anglian retail group Hughes Electrical, has been rebranded.

The Virgin Money Lounge in Castle Street, Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

Challenger bank Virgin Money has reported record mortgage lending but warned the EU referendum remained the largest source of domestic uncertainty.

Production at the Kettle Foods Bowthorpe factory. Cooked chips are checked and sorted.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Intense competition among snack producers hoping to snatch the attention of consumers has seen sales dip at Norwich-based crisp-maker Kettle Foods.

Minnie Moll of the East of England Co-op.

More than 220,000 members of the East of England Co-operative Society will share in a £3million dividend payout this year.

CVS in Diss. Chief executive is Simon Innes.

Veterinary giant CVS Group is eyeing expansion into Europe as it builds on the most acquisitive year in its history.

Pertwee & Back Limited, Gapton Hall Road, Great Yarmouth.
Ford Main Dealer.
(L TO R) Nick Coller - After Sales Director, Richard Coller - Managing Director and Tom Coller - Director.

Picture: James Bass

Richard Coller was not given a choice of whether to join his father in the family business – it was either that or Pertwee & Back was to be sold.

Pork producer Cranswick has flown further into the poultry market with the acquisition of north Suffolk-based Crown Chicken in a £40m deal.

Cranswick Country Foods in Watton - On the production line. Picture; Matthew Usher.

An insatiable appetite for “fifth quarter” cuts of meat in the Far East and long-term low pig prices have driven volumes at pork giant Cranswick.

Some of the employees at Treatt who have achieved Level 2 NVQs.

Thirteen members of staff at flavour and fragrance ingredients company Treatt have achieved nationally-recognised NVQ Level 2 qualifications, in Performing Manufacturing Operations and Warehousing & Storage.

General view of the site.
UK - Continent Gas Interconnector site at Bacton Terminal on the Norfolk Coast.
Picture: James Bass

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A gas pipeline connecting the UK to the rest of Europe has continued to be a “key piece” of European energy infrastructure after seeing an increase in volume, according to company chiefs.

Jonathan Adnams, chairman of Southwold-based Adnams.

Suffolk-based brewer, distiller and retailer Adnams today posted a 7.3% increase in annual operating profit, despite a slight dip in overall sales.

A run of acquisitions has seen CVS Group's first-half revenues reach £100m for the first time.

Ambitious veterinary practice firm CVS Group saw first-half revenues reach £100m for the first time thanks to scores of acquisitions.

Laura and Robert Strathern of Fairfields Farm Crisps, who scooped the East of England Co-op's Producer of ther Year title.

Essex potato growers who created a crisp-making diversification on their farm triumphed at a prestigious regional awards event last night.

Kier Group base at Trowse. Photo: Steve Adams

Housebuilding and infrastructure is driving the growth of construction and services firm Kier Group, according to company chiefs.

Peter Colby of Peter Colby Commercials.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A string of high-level investments in property, engineering and 
staff numbers has expanded the portfolio of one of the region’s biggest firms.

Wex Photographic.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The UK’s largest online photography retailer has captured a sales uplift, thanks to an increase in second-hand sales and part exchange.

Rick Francis, chief executive of Evander Glazing and Locks. Picture: Submitted

A glazing business which focuses on homes damaged by stormy weather has been sold to a larger rival in a bid to target further growth.

Servest Multi Service Group for Business East feature. Pictured is CEO Rob Legge.

Facilities management giant Servest has set its sights on Europe after a year of ambitious growth in the UK which saw it snap up a series of smaller rivals.

The 'Dry January' health kick campaign had less of an impact on the hospitality sector this year, according to Greene King's latest Leisure Spend Tracker survey.

The “Dry January” campaign and other New Year’s resolutions to cut down on alcohol consumption appear to have had less impact on the hospitality industry this year, according to research for pubs and brewing group Greene King.

Euan Macpherson Crisp maltings

The managing director of malt producer Crisp Malting has underscored the group’s commitment to Norfolk in the wake of its multi-million pound deal to snap up a European rival.

Rick Francis, chief executive of Evander Glazing and Locks. Picture: Submitted

A stormy winter has put wind in the sails of a Norwich business which fixes damaged homes in the wake of bad weather and burglaries.

William (right) and Geoffrey Buchanan, who are joint MDs of Gressingham Foods.

The owners of Gressingham Duck have been behind two multi-million pound deals in the last 12 months which will extend their influence in the poultry market.

Production at the Kettle Foods Bowthorpe factory. Managing director Ashley Hicks.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The new boss of Norfolk crisp maker Kettle Chips is targeting Europe as part of a bold plan to boost sales by 50pc in the next three to five years.

Members of the Norwegian Greenkeepers’ Association during their visit to Ransomes Jacobsen’s European headquarters in Ipswich.

Around 25 members of the Norwegian Greenkeepers’ Association visited Ransomes Jacobsen’s European headquarter in Ipswich as part of their annual conference.

Andy Wood, chief executive of Adnams.

Southwold brewer Adnams has pledged to support the pub industry by freezing its beer prices for the rest of this year.

Tim Bridge, who is to retire at chairman of Greene King on May 1.

Tim Bridge is to retire from the board of Bury St Edmunds-based Greene King after 11 years as chairman, and a total of more than 45 years’ service with the company.

Product development work in progress at Treatt's laboratories in Bury St Edmunds.

A joint bid by flavour and fragrance ingredients specialist Treatt and Northumbria University has secured the Suffolk company £50,000 of funding from the Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

The Greene King visitor centre, alongside the main brewery building in Bury St Edmunds.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King is carrying out a major refurbishment of its visitor centre and museum in Bury St Edmunds which will see the creation of a “beer café”, alongside a new gift shop and historical exhibitions.

Anglian Group chief executive Brian McCluskie. Picture Richard Lee

A high-level change of ownership has secured the future of home improvements firm Anglian Group - in what appears to be a bold move to reduce its debt and invest in growth.

Rob Burnett, chief executive of Bernard Matthews, at Great Witchingham Hall. Picture submitted

Poultry producer Bernard Matthews says an ongoing turnaround bid has succeeded in narrowing the company’s losses – despite posting a £30m drop in sales

File photo dated 27/03/15 of new houses under construction.  Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

House builders have reported record profits fuelled by government schemes aimed to boost home ownership.

The team from Business Awards finalist Naked Wines

Crowdfunded retailer Naked Wines saw sales lift 28pc over the festive trading period, making it the fastest growing arm of parent company Majestic Wine.

Aviva's claims department at Willow House, Broadland Business Park, Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Insurance giant Aviva has started the new year with 65 new employees taking up roles in its claims handling operation at Broadland Business Park.

Roger Grosvenor, Executive Officer  Retail, of East of England Co-op.

Roger Grosvenor, of the East of England Co-operative Society, has helped spearhead a local food revolution, writes ROss benTLeY

Adnams' award-winning Longshore vodka being made at the Copper House Distillery in Southwold.
Jonathan Adnams with a bottle of the Longshore vodka.

Picture: James Bass

Chairman Jonathan Adnams started work with the family firm the day after his 19th birthday. DUNCAN BRODIE visited him in Southwold as he celebrates 40 years with the business.

Greene King's latest Leisure Spend Tracker survey has revealed a fall in spend during November.

Britons have cut back on their leisure spending in the run up to Christmas, according to research carried out for pubs and brewing company Greene King.

Colleagues from branches of the East of England Co-op's funeral service in Ipswich at the event marking its 90th anniversary.

The East of England Co-operative Society has marked the 90th anniversary of its funeral services.

Haydn Mursell, chief executive of Kier Group

Services giant Kier has bolstered its outlook after securing £300m worth of contracts in the wake of its takeover of rival Mouchel.

Book printing at Clays in Bungay.

Print and marketing services group St Ives, which includes Bungay-based book printer Clays, today reported a steady start to its new financial year

Chief Executive of Fram Farmers, Richard Anscombe.

Agricultural co-operative Fram Farmers recorded a slight drop in turnover despite a record number of invoices, as it felt the financial impact of falling fuel and fertiliser prices.

The Treatt innovation centre in Bury St Edmunds.

Suffolk-based flavour and fragrance ingredients company Treatt today announced increased annual sales profits.

Bernard Matthews rebrand. New product packaging and logo. Pictures submitted.

Unions have pledged to keep a close eye on developments at turkey producer Bernard Matthews, after meeting management to find out about the potential sale of the company.

Simon Hazelgrove and Erika Clegg, co-founders of Spring.

Southwold-based strategic communications design agency Spring has jumped 10 places in the national Design Week Top 100 survey.

Midwich has taken on 30 new employees as it continues its expansion.

Trade technology company Midwich has continued its expansion by taking on 30 new staff across the business.

Chief executive Richard Neall with other members of the management tream at One Group Construction.

The head of an East Anglian construction services group says it is well-placed to overcome the “temporary uncertainty” created by the vote to leave the European Union.

The MSC Oscar arriving at the Port of Felixstowe.
Photo: George Copping/citizenside.com

The Ipswich-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (UK) has reported increased revenue and profits for 2015.

The Jeyes plant in Thetford.

A manufacturer which produces cleaning products for the Queen’s household has slashed its losses thanks to investment in its United States operation.

EDP Top 100 sponsors. Left to right Andy Grimbly ( PWC ) , James Hunter ( Mills & Reeve ) and James Allen ( Roche )Photo: Steve Adams

The growing strength of our region’s food, drink and agriculture businesses is today further underlined as the EDP Top100 of 2016 is revealed.

Inside the Treatt fragrance and flavours plant in Bury St Edmunds.

You will not see the company’s name on any labels but, if you regularly shop in a supermarket or drink in a pub or bar, there is a strong probability that you will have consumed ingredients produced by Treatt in Bury St Edmunds. Duncan Brodie paid a visit to see the company’s scientists at work.

Rob Burnett, chief executive of Bernard Matthews, at Great Witchingham Hall. Picture submitted

Bernard Matthews has insisted it is “business as usual” despite national newspaper reports of concern over its finances.

Stephen Fenby, MD of Midwich at Diss, distributers for audio visual products. Picture: Denise Bradley

Audio-visual specialists Midwich Group, based in Diss, is expecting to raise £75.2m by floating on AIM.

Rob Burnett, chief executive of Bernard Matthews, at Great Witchingham Hall. Picture submitted

Poultry giant Bernard Matthews has confirmed up to 30 jobs are to go at its bases in Norfolk and Suffolk, as the company brings in new working practices.

Doug Field from the East of England Co-op.

The East of England Co-op has reported “a healthy trading performance in challenging conditions”, despite a dip in sales and trading profit over the past year.

Staff at the East of England Co-op's new food store in Coggeshall, one of four opened by the society last year.

The East of England Co-op has reported “a healthy trading performance in challenging conditions”, despite a dip in sales and trading profit over the past year.

Stephen Fenby, MD of Midwich at Diss, distributers for audio visual products. Picture: Denise Bradley

A major technology distributor with employs more than 400 people at its Diss base is taking a step into public ownership by floating on AIM.

Bernard Matthews Great Witchingham Hall headquarters. Photo: Steve Adams

Turkey-giant Bernard Matthews has appointed a new chairman, with long-standing chief David Joll taking a non-executive role.

Erika Watson, left, and Lucy Hogg, who are two of the founders of a Norfolk Women's Fund. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A new fund to champion the economic empowerment of women across the county has been launched, with its founders insisting there is a “massive need” for it if gender equality is to become a reality.

Naked wines customer Katy Johnson from Ely opens the box containing the golden ticket to mark the company breaking the £100m sales. She is pictured with wine adviser Ele Overvoorde.

A Naked Wines ‘angel’ has won the trip of a lifetime to mark the online retailer’s sales topping £100m for the first time.

Cambridge Online, based in Waterbeach, have been awarded  57th in The Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work for 2016.

A local firm has been voted one of the best in the country to work.

Nicola Prince of Beckett Financial Services.

Bury St Edmunds-based Beckett Financial Services has been appointed to advise the Cambridge Colleges Federated Pension Scheme (CCFPS).

A James Fisher & Sons support vessel.

Marine services giant James Fisher & Sons has won a £25million contract to support construction work on the Galloper windfarm off the coast of Suffolk, which is due to start in June.

James Fisher and Sons wins Galloper windfarm contract. Picture: Submitted

Marine services giant James Fisher and Sons has won a £25m contract with offshore windfarm Galloper.

Rachel Buxton from TW Gaze, Laurence Weeks from Birketts and Nicky Robinson from Kettle Foods.

Here are the latest job moves in East Anglia’s businesses.

Production at the Kettle Foods Bowthorpe factory. Cooked chips are checked and sorted.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Bowthorpe-based Kettle Foods has issued a product recall after finding that bags of its crisps may contain pieces of plastic.

Cranswick Country Foods in Watton - On the production line. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Exports to the Far East helped drive a buoyant third quarter for pork producer Cranswick, which posted a 5pc boost to revenue.

Ben Stocks, chief executive of Porvair Filtration Group. Picture: submitted

Filtration specialist Porvair has “plenty in the tank” for the coming year, said its chief executive, as the company announced record pre-tax profits.

Ben Stocks, chief executive of Porvair Filtration Group. Picture: submitted

Filtration specialist Porvair has “plenty in the tank” for the coming year, said its chief executive, as the company announced record pre-tax profits.

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