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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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Aviva, formerly Norwich Union, Surrey Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

An insurance giant has delisted its American shares after selling its insurance operations across the pond.

Treatt chief executive Daemmon Reeve.

Flavour and fragrance ingredients specialist Treatt has reported another year of strong profits growth as its strategy to move further up the value chain continues to bear fruit.

CVS in Diss. Chief Executive is SImon Innes.

A veterinary group is aiming to continue its rapid expansion through acquisition as it attempts to build a Dutch section of its business.

Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand with the Business Leader of the Year trophy he received at the 2016 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards in London.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of pubs and brewing group Greene King, has been named Business Leader of the Year at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

The logo on a Breheny van.

East Anglia-based Breheny Group has reported improved profit margins, despite posting a bottom-line annual loss following one-off charges.

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

East Anglian facilities management firm Servest has set its sights on hitting £1bn in revenue, as it today announces its second major acquisition in a week.

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

Annual profits at flavour and fragrance ingredient solutions specialist Treatt will come in “comfortably above” previous expectations following a strong performance in the second half of the year to September 30.

Official Opening of Grain Handling and Storage facility at Muntons in Stowmarket. Pictured is William Kendall High Sheriff of Suffolk.

Malt and malted ingredients company Muntons yesterday celebrated the completion of a £2.6m investment in new grain intake and handling facilities at its Stowmarket headquarters.

The Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmunds.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King has reported a strong start to its new financial year, but says it is “alert” to the potential impact on leisure spending from Britain’s vote for Brexit.

Bespak in King's Lynn.

Tapping into the popularity of vaping and the US pharmaceutical market will secure hundreds of jobs in the region, according to the boss of a Norfolk-based drug apparatus manufacturer.

Stephen Fenby, Managing Director of Midwich in Diss.

A specialist audio visual distributor has moved into the broadcast and video market with two acquisitions.

Goldstar Transport has been acquired by Turners of Soham.

Felixstowe-based Goldstar Transport, the UK’s second-largest container haulage operator, has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by Turners of Soham.

Damco UK has reported reduced revenue and profit but improved margins for 2015.

Logistics company Damco UK has reported a fall in annual revenue and profit after a “challenging” year.

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

Food giant Cranswick has said the plunge in the value of the pound will cement the rapid growth of its export business and could put more home-grown pork on British dinner plates.

Staff from Sanctuary Personnel celebrating the company's Best Public Sector Recruitment Agency award last year.

Fast-growing recruitment firm Sanctuary Personnel has reported a ninth consecutive increase in annual revenue.

David Tydeman, chief executive of Oyster Yachts. Picture: Joe McCarthy

A luxury yacht builder is investing in its Norfolk base in a bid to transfer production of larger boats to the region.

Photo issued by Aviva of its CEO Mark Wilson.

Insurance giant Aviva lifted its dividend by 10% after underscoring its faith in the UK and assuring it would not be affected by a cut in interest rates.

Nicky Dulieu, chairman of Notcutts. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

One of the region’s largest garden centre groups has announced a 6.3% increase in turnover as it continues to reinvest in its sites.

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).

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 Factory at Thetford,Norfolk
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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.

Staff at Norwich-based Hughes Trade.

An East Anglian electrical retailer has taken over a new store as it expands its trade offering outside of the region.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King

East Anglian brewer Greene King has apologised and launched an internal investigation after the bank details of more than 2,000 employees were emailed across its pub network.

Adnams Distribution Centre 10 years

When Adnams decided to move its distribution centre out of the middle of Southwold over a decade ago, its directors challenged themselves to do something different.

On the production line at Cranswick's plant in Watton. Picture; Matthew Usher.

The completion of a £6m upgrade at pork producer Cranswick’s Norfolk plant will accelerate export growth to the Far East, open the door to the US and ensure its future as a key site for the company, said its boss.

Ian Thoroughgood, associate director at Grant Thornton in Ipswich, right, with Birketts chief executive Jonathan Agar at the Suffolk Ltd 2016 event.

Suffolk’s largest companies have achieved strong growth in both sales and profits over the past year, according to the new edition of an annual report.

Tom Gillman, commercial director at Crafted, left, and Matthew Rowe, – PR and communications manager at Birketts.

Suffolk digital marketing agency Crafted has been appointed by regional law firm Birketts LLP to manage two significant projects.

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

A pork producer has bought a Northern Irish food processing business as it continues to expand.

Hosts and panel members at the Essex Limited 2016 event, from left: Stephen Avila, Birkett Long; Steve Haslam, TLC Inns; Paul Nelson, Barclays Corporate Banking; Paul Dearlsey, Grant Thornton; Nigel Pye, University of Essex; Trevor Ling, Grant Thornton and John Stubbings, The Woodland Group.

Leading businesses in Essex have achieved a combined 4.2% increase in turnover in the past year, accompanied by a substantial rise in profits and employment, a newly-published report reveals.

Rob Legge, chief executive of Servest.

A facilities management firm has taken a step closer to becoming one of the top five UK companies in the sector after snapping up a building services contractor.

Ian Thoroughgood, associate director at Grant Thornton in Ipswich, with Jonathan Agar, chief executive of Birketts.

Business advisers firm Grant Thorton is to unveil its 15th “Suffolk Limited” report next month on how the county’s leading businesses have performed over the past year.

Adnams Bitter pairs well with roast meats.

The finance boss of East Anglian brewer Adnams has urged MPs to consider if “over-generous” pension promises which could bring companies to their knees could be watered down or reversed.

Rowan Gormley of Majestic Wine

Norwich-based Naked Wines has announced it is to put prices up because of unfavourable exchange rates, just a day after Unilever and Tesco settled their pricing row.

Busseys at Whiffler Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A motor sales company is aiming to invest in sites across the county as well as in commercial property after increasing its pre-tax profits by 21%.

David Thompson, chief executive of Anglia Maltings.

East Anglia’s biggest private maltster has posted record profits and pledged to continue investing as it looks to grow its business around the world.

Greenpeace has published a list of the UK's top 100 recipients of European Union farming subsidies.

A number of East Anglian estates and farm businesses are among those receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds under the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), according to analysis by environmental group Greenpeace.

Roys of Wroxham

One of East Anglia’s best-known family brand names is keeping an eye out for expansion opportunities and investing in technology as it continues to perform well.

Roys of Wroxham

One of Norfolk’s best-known family brand names is keeping an eye out for expansion opportunities and investing in technology as it continues to perform well.

Jason Hawkins-Row from  Aponic (right) talks to Ipswich MP Ben Gummer at the iExpo Show

Jason Hawkins-Row has won a number of awards for his innovative soil-less growing system. Ross Bentley met him to discuss the potential of his invention.

Bernard Matthews pictured at Great Witchingham Hall.
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Unions have sought discussions with management about the fate of the firm, after reports emerged that a sale to the 2 Sisters Food Group is imminent.

Stephen Fenby, Managing Director of Midwich in Diss.

Flotation on the AIM market will give audio-visual distributor Midwich the firepower to continue its global growth strategy, according to its managing director.

Rob Legge, chief executive of Servest.

Facilities management group Service is to create up to 50 new jobs with the opening of a new customer contact centre at its headquarters near Bury St Edmunds.

Charles and Ruth Simpson aim to produce their Naked Wines-funded English sparkling wine by 2018. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Norwich-based Naked Wines has launched a funding round to raise £112,000 for an English sparkling wine – and will let drinkers choose the name.

Hughes' Lowestoft branch. Picture: NICK BUTCHER.

Electrical retailer Hughes has sounded a warning over the impact of Brexit on consumers’ shopping habits as it posted improved profits for the last financial year.

The Goods Shed, Canterbury

County’s ever increasing reputation for top quality restaurants is failing to slow down as the lastest survey ranks a host as among the very best in all of the south east of England. What do you think?

Lynn Walters, director of Pure.

Women in middle management positions should be encouraged to go to the next level in a bid to tackle inequality in the workplace, according to industry leaders.

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.

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