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Welcome to the Top 100 2015 East Anglia’s foremost business guide detailing how our leading companies have fared in terms of turnover and profitability.

There are 10 new entries on this year’s list which features businesses with sales ranging from just over £37m to £3.5bn-plus. Combined sales were more than £18.6bn, and profits were £1.1bn, while the businesses directly employed more than 124,000 people.

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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Busseys site in Dereham is going to become a Peugeot dealership in 2016

Norfolk-based car dealership Busseys is expanding its Peugeot dealership network beyond Norwich with the opening of a new site in Dereham.

Servest chief executive Rob Legge.

West Suffolk-based Servest Catering has won a three-year contract at the world-famous Madame Tussauds tourist attraction in London.

Treasury minister Harriet Baldwin, 2nd right, meets entrepreneurs Ali Clabburn, left, CEO Liftshare; Andrea Wake, COO FX home; and James Groves, head of client experience at Indigo Swan, during her visit to learn about the new Future50. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

One of Norwich’s long-established industries still holds the key to economic growth in the region; however, it is the new players in the economy who will help determine future economic success.

Adnams head brewer Fergus Fitzgerald with a bottle of Jack Brand Mosaic Pale Ale.

Southwold brewer Adnams has won a trophy at the 2015 International Beer Challenge (IBC) for the design of its Jack Brand range of craft beers.

A computer generated image of the Marriott Motor Group's new Audi showroom, planned at Futura Park in Ipswich.

The Marriott Motor Group is planning a new £8million showroom and service centre for its Audi dealership in Ipswich.

The Orwell Bulk Terminal which opened at the Port of Ipswich in June this year.
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The Port of Ipswich handled a record volume of grain exports last month following major investment by owner Associated British Ports and its customers.

Robert Hughes. Photo by Simon Finlay

Electrical retail group Hughes recorded a business boost for the last financial year, as turnover rose 4.5pc to £111m, thanks to increased consumer spending power.

Last week's official opening of the East of England Co-op's new Co-op Daily store in Handford Road, Ipswich.

The East of England Co-operative Society is to close another of its stores in Ipswich – the third this year.

Greene King has reported increased sales during the opening weeks of its new financial year.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King today reported a successful start to its new financial year, with like-for-like sales growth across all key categories.

RG Carter at Drayton.
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RG Carter Group, the family owned construction company, has bolstered profits by more than £3m as “increased activity” in the building industry drove home stronger results.

Adam Couch, chief executive of Cranswick Country Foods, Picture submitted.

Businesses driving the food and drink sector will create 73,000 new jobs within the next five years, a study has found.

The Naked Wines team. Picture submitted

Norwich-based online retailer Naked Wines has introduced a new service that will allow wine lovers to order their favourite tipple by text.

Bernard Matthews will sponsor The Simpsons of Channel 4 as part of its re-brand strategy. Chief executive Rob Burnett with the new look lorry. Picture submitted.

The “bootiful” brand helped transform Bernard Matthews into a dinner-time staple, while making its founder an unlikely advertising star.

Simon Bax, chairman of Archant

Archant has reported a positive start to the year and modest revenue growth in a letter to shareholders from chairman Simon Bax.

Naked Wines new Norwich 'Google' style office space complete with slide demonstrated by MD Eamon Fitzgerald.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A slide is no longer solely a feature of the playground Sabah Meddings spoke to a company which brings a little fun into work.

Busseys at Whiffler Road is undergoing refurbishment to become FordStore. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Within barely a mile of the Drayton Road Junction with Sweet Briar Road on the boundary of Norwich, something interesting is happening to the retail scene.

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

Insurance giant Aviva said it was ahead of plan with moves to combine Friends Life after its £6.5 billion tie-up, but stressed the integration was “nowhere near complete”.

The Bristo's Renault site in Ipswich.

The Suffolk-based Marriott Motor Group is expanding with the acquisition of Ipswich Renault, Skoda and Dacia dealer Bristo’s.

Euan Macpherson, of the Crisp Malting Group

Crisp Malting Group, the malt producer, has pinpointed growth in craft brewery market as an antidote to falling beer and whisky sales.

Frederico Santa-Barbara of Jacobsen and Neil Cleverly, superintendent of the Rio Olympic Golf Course, with a selection of equipment supplied by Jacobsen for the course ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Two machines built at the Ipswich factory of turf maintenance equipment company Ransomes Jacobsen have been delivered to the Rio Olympic Golf Course in Brazil.

Adnams chairman Jonathan Adnams outside the company's brewery and distillery complex in Southwold.

Southwold-based Adnams today reported a 12% increase in first half profits to £962,000, with one-off gains on the sale of three pubs offsetting a dip in revenues.

Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales officially launches  the new Lotus 3-Eleven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Car sales are on the up in the UK at the moment, fuelling more positive noises about the state of the UK economy. While Chinese share prices plummet and the Greek eurozone tragedy continues to play out, the UK motor industry, by contrast, remains a continuing success story.

Virgin Money. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Virgin Money saw its profits jump in the first six months of the year as the lender boosted its share of the mortgage market.

Ransomes Jacobsen operations director Simon Rainger addresses staff as the company's last Ransomes Commander mover leaves the production line.

Staff at Ipswich-based turf maintenance machinery maker Ransomes Jacobsen have marked the end of an era, with the last Ransomes Commander mower having rolled off the production line.

Group Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, right, and Neale McArdle, training director at Poultec, as Lotus takes on 25 apprentices. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Car-maker Lotus has announced it is to take on a raft of new apprentices.

Andrew Lloyd Webber at Aylsham Parish Church earlier this year where he was learning about WiSpire from Rev Andrew Bean(left) and WiSpire operations director Steve Batson.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Archant has revealed bold plans to bring rural communities into the digital fast lane by joining forces with a local broadband provider.

Mark Goodall (left), of New Anglia LEP, answer a question during the EEEGR summer conference at Norwich City Football Club. Picture Keiron Tovell

The challenges facing the region’s energy industry were brought into sharp focus yesterday when business leaders gathered at Norwich City Football Club for the East of England Energy Group’s (EEEGR) summer conference. Business editor

Ben Woods explores the difficulties facing the industry – and how it might recover

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

Online retailer Naked Wines has swung into profit after an upsurge in members drove home a stronger financial performance.

Vision of the dudgeon operation and maintenance base, which will be build by RG Carter. Picture submitted

One of Norfolk’s biggest companies has secured a contract to build the operations hub for a giant wind farm off the East Anglian coast.

The Willis building in Ipswich.

Global insurance broker and employee benefits group Willis has agreed to acquire PMI Health Group (PMIHG), a leading healthcare adviser and broker in the UK.

Aviva will create 400 jobs in Norwich as it moves to restructure the business following its takeover of Friends Life.

Wine-tasters gather around the Broadland Wineries stall at the Norfolk Show

A Norfolk wine supplier which was bought out of administration 10 years ago has rolled out an international expansion plan on the back of 20pc year-on-year growth.

Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King today posted another year of record revenues, with sales within its key Retail division topping £1billion for the first time.

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

Porvair, the filtration and technology specialist, said market demand was “encouraging” as profits climbed 10pc.

Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand, left, with Mike Tye, chief executive of the Spirit Pub Company, outside Spirit's headquarters in Burton uponTrent.

The chief executive of Greene King yesterday hailed “a momentous day” in the company’s history as it became the UK’s largest player in the managed pubs sector.

Kettle Foods factory. crisps being made at the Norwich factory.
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Snack producer Kettle Foods boosted its market share to 4.5pc last year as it continued its strategy of selling crisps on promotion to combat rising cost pressures.

Martin Kellett

The new CEO of Anglian Home Improvements insists the EDP Top 100 company has put a troubled six months of machinery breakdowns behind it.

Muntons' Stowmarket headquarters

An East Anglian malt firm is celebrating after securing a £53.4million loan to help fund future growth.

Aviva flag on the company's heaquarters on Surrey Street, Norwich.
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Aviva could move hundreds of jobs to Norwich as part of a major shake-up sparked by its mega-merger with Friends Life, it is understood.

Outsource services group Norse is now supplying lunches at seven Suffolk primary schools.

Outsourced services group Norse Commercial Services has begun providing meals at seven Suffolk primary schools under a series of three-year contracts worth around £250,000.

Hungry Horse pub chain owner Greene King is on track to complete its acquisition of the Spirit Pub Company by the end of this month.

Greene King’s £774million acquisition of the Spirit Pub Company is likely to take effect from June 23, it emerged today, with the Bury St Edmunds-based company having waived a key condition attached to its original bid.

From left, Dave Haworth, Graham Briggs, Andy Wilson of Greene King following the 2015 VQ Awards ceremony in London at which the company was named VQ Employer of the Year.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King has been named VQ Employer of the Year 2015, for its outstanding support for staff undertaking vocational qualifications (VQs).

Matthew Pryor, founder of surfacing and maintenance company Toppesfield based in Ipswich. Picture: submitted

A road maintenance company has doubled in size for two years in a row as transport networks across East Anglia have seen increased attention and funding over the last few years.

Andy Barker, general manager of Boxreload, which has been launched by Hutchison Ports to help road hauliers  reduce costs and cut emissions.

Hutchison Ports, which includes the Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International Port, has launched a new web-based tool offering road hauliers an opportunity to reduce costs and emissions.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Lotus. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Iconic car-maker Lotus has unveiled plans to expand into a new market. Business editor Ben Woods reports.

Notcutts Garden Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Family-owned garden centres group Notcutts has named its new chief executive, and announced the addition of a new non-executive director to its board.

Mike Page aerial picture of the University of East Anglia campus, Norwich.


Norwich-based Norse has reinforced its commercial relationship with the University of East Anglia by retaining a recycling and waste contract.

Victory Park off London Road, Attlebrough.

One of the region’s largest construction companies could relocate some of its group businesses to an industrial space in Attleborough.

Opening of the new Co-op store on Cromer Road, Norwich. Left to right, John Cook (director East of England Co-op), Sam McGhee (sales assistant), Sandy Gooch (store manager), Daisy Dugdale (sales assistant) and Roger Grosvenor (executive officer East of England Co-op)

Bosses at the East of England Co-operative are set to undertake a fresh push to sell the virtues of locally sourced food.

Clarke Willis, chief executive of Anglia Farmers. Picture: Denise Bradley

Despite a volatile year for the farming industry, a Norfolk-based agricultural buying group has reported 12 months of continued growth, with turnover increasing by 2.2pc.

Anglia Harvesters: Left to right; John Palmer (Commercial Manager), Charlene Poeira (Sales Administration), Paul Moss (Sales Director), Jan Kiffmeier (CLAAS Intern/Placement Student)

East Anglia would be better placed to become a successful manufacturing zone if there was more investment in infrastructure and apprenticeships.

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

A growing appetite for sausages and bacon helped meat producer Cranswick notch up annual revenues of £1 billion for the first time today despite a decline in fresh pork sales.

Aviva flag on the company's heaquarters on Surrey Street, Norwich.
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The chief executive of Aviva said the insurer’s turnaround plan was “on track and ahead of schedule” as it recorded a 14pc rise in the value of new business (VNB) for the first three months of the year.

New signs for Kier and the familiar May Gurney signs removed on the company's headquarters near Trowse. Photo: Steve Adams

Construction giant Kier said projects in the east of England had contributed to a 14pc boost to its revenue.

Palm Paper apprenticeships. Pictured are (from left) Cameron Hendry, Oliver Kivlin, Billy Hofert and James Carton. Picture: Ian Burt

German-owned manufacturer Palm Paper has led the way in its pioneering apprenticeship scheme - and now other paper mills are following suit.

A city worker looks at a stock ticker screen at the London Stock Exchange in the City of London.

Volatile stock market conditions took their toll again today as the FTSE 100 Index plunged after sharp gains in the previous session.

Great Yarmouth seafront on a beautiful summers day.

Picture: James Bass

The fear of traffic jams at Channel ports may be one of the reasons driving a surge in holidays at home, says Hoseasons managing director Simon Altham.

A Chinese stock investor gestures near a board with green numbers representing falling stocks at a brokerage house in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province.

The FTSE 100 Index bounced back above the 6,000 mark after surging by nearly 2% as it recovered following one of its worst sessions in recent years.

The City of London skyline with Blackfriars Bridge in the foreground at dusk, London. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The FTSE 100 Index bounced back above the 6,000 mark after surging by nearly 2pc as it recovered following one of its worst sessions in recent years.

FTSE falls on China fears. Picture PA stock.

Global shares have plunged amid market panic over China’s slowdown. Why has this happened and what does it mean?

Servest HQ in Fornham All Saints.
Rob Legge, CEO of Servest.

A fast-growing facilities management firm has bought an energy efficiency business as it continues its remarkable rise.

Kettle Chips. Picture: Submitted

A former Tesco commercial director is to replace outgoing Kettle Foods chief Dominic Lowe who is to retire after four years at the helm.

The Great House restaurant with rooms in Lavenham.

An award-winning Suffolk restaurant has gained another accolade after being ranked the 26th best in the country.

EDP Business Awards 2014 at the Norfolk Showground Arena, Costessey. All the award winners.

The countdown to the closing date for this year’s EDP Business Awards is now well under way – so businesses should hurry to make sure they get their entries in.

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

Pork producer Cranswick said its underlying sales lifted 4pc in the three months to the end of June, compared to a year ago, boosted by lower input prices and higher volume sales to Far Eastern markets.

Adam Jones, corporate partner at Birketts.

Regional law firm Birketts has advised the owner of Essex-based Purdy Holdings on the sale of the company to Bilby plc, which is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).

Spending on drinking and eating out remained robut during May, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker report.

Most Britons are planning to holiday in the UK rather than overseas as they continue to monitor their spending carefully, according to a new survey.

The golden mile in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth has topped the list of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations in 2015, according to the data of domestic holiday giant Hoseasons.

From left, Jim Mayhew, groundsman at Leiston FC,  Darryle Flegg, groundsman at Achilles FC and Danny White, regional pitch adviser for the Institute of Groundsmanship, with Ransomes Jacobsen PR manager Peter Driver during their tour of the company’s Ipswich factory.

Football groundsmen from around Suffolk have been given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ransomes Jacobsen factory in Ipswich.

Two Bears have been installed on the top of the new Hughes Electrical store on Pasteur Road, Great Yarmouth.

Electrical retailer Hughes will be advancing its click-and-collect revolution with the opening of a £1.5m edge-of-town store in Great Yarmouth.

Technical facilities at Treatt's headquarters in Bury St Edmunds.

Flavour and fragrance ingredients group Treatt today posted increased first half sales and profits as it continued to trade in line with expectations.

Michael Perry, right, delivering Digitalis

Seed and plant specialist Thompson & Morgan has stepped in to help a major exhibitor at this week’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show to source urgently needed supplies of one of its varieties.

The Hon Jeremy Soames, left, grandson of Winston Churchill and trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King, enjoy a pint of Churchill IPA which has been brewed to support the charity.

Greene King has teamed up with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to brew a charity ale in honour of the statesman who died 50 years ago this year.

Spring weather on the Norfolk Broads.
A boat on the River Bure at Upton.
April 2015.

Picture: James Bass

Lowestoft-based holidays firm Hoseasons recorded bumper bookings across its portfolio for the first bank holiday in May.

Alistair Duffield, chairman and managing director of Duffields at Saxlingham Thorpe. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

To succeed in a turbulent marketplace, even a business steeped in tradition cannot afford to rely solely on its hard-won reputation – it must adapt, evolve and overcome. And nowhere is that more true than at agricultural animal feed supplier Duffields.

Stephen Fenby, managing director of Midwich.

Technology distributor Midwich has acquired PSco Group, a trade-only rental and technical distributor specialising in display solutions.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King.

Greene King’s takeover of the Spirit Pub Company raises no “major concerns”, the Competition and Markets Authority has ruled.

Dom South, marketing director at Greene King.

Greene King has received received recognition for a range of beers in the 2015 Monde Selection awards.

Greene King IPA ale being poured, as two of the UK's biggest pub companies are set to join forces after they agreed a takeover deal worth £773.6 million: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Pub group Greene King said it suffered tougher trading in the second half of its financial year, despite record sales at Easter and Valentine’s Day.

Richard Shortis, managing director at Wilco with the new bike range.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A Norwich-based family business plans to pedal against the online competition after investing in a new range of bicycles.

A woman grocery shopping. Picture PA.

The East of England Co-op has upped sales and profits in the face of a bitter supermarket price war raging through the industry.

Turkeys Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Poultry producer Bernard Matthews has unveiled far-reaching plans to become the UK’s “greenest farmer”.

Chairman of DRB-HICOM Group, Dato’ Syed Mohamad Syed Murtaza (seventh from left) was present with Board and Senior Management of PROTON together with Lotus and Goldstar to witness the occasion. Picture submitted

Group Lotus will no longer just manufacture British sports cars after shaking hands on a deal to kick-start production in the Far East.

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