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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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A photographic firm saw its profits and turnover rise in the year leading up to its sale to a private equity firm.

Services giant Servest is anticipating its strong growth to continue in 2017, after posting results which showed turnover soared by almost one-fifth last year.

An expansion into the Midlands has helped a Norfolk construction firm increase its turnover by more than 25%.

Flavour and fragrance solutions company Treatt today signalled that profits for its current financial year are now likely to come in “substantially” ahead of previous expectations.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King has launched a new craft ale venture – led by apprentices.

Pubs could be pushed over the edge by increases to business rates, it has been warned, as chains including Greene King write to the government to appeal for smoother transition arrangements.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King today reported a 1.1% increase in like-for-like sales across its flagship retail pubs business.

East Anglian construction and maintenance company Barnes Group has filed accounts showing strong growth in annual turnover and profits.

Revenues at food producer Cranswick continued to rise over the past quarter, thanks to the Christmas period and the ongoing integration of new acquisitions.

A growing national law firm is undertaking a complete overhaul of its offices in Norwich city centre.

Students will be encouraged to grow and sell fresh produce through a social enterprise being launched by a brewery.

The boss of Norfolk car-maker Lotus has insisted the company remains on course to return to profitability this year, as its turnaround plan nears completion.

Suffolk-based construction company SEH French is looking forward to a positive year ahead, following a record trading performance in 2016.

The managing director of one of the region’s biggest companies has resigned just months after taking the role.

A surge in duck sales has led Gressingham Foods to open a new £5m distribution centre at its site in Redgrave near Diss.

Young scientists from flavour and fragrance ingredients company Treatt have helped an independent coffee shop to serve up a taste of Christmas.

Despite the continued reduction of local authority spending a facilities management, care and services group is confident of another successful year as it aims to strengthen its property division.

The Port of Felixstowe has launched a year of celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first operational container terminal.

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

Greene King has continued to reap the benefit of last year’s takeover of the Spirit Pub Company, with first half revenues across the pubs and brewing group topping £1bn for the first time.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Luxury furniture maker Multiyork is fighting back against a “difficult retail market”, by increasing sales and narrowing its losses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A long-established electrical appliances retailer in Ipswich has gone into liquidation with the loss of six jobs.

Growing stature and a strengthened balance sheet will help audio visual distributor Midwich continue on the acquisition trail, its chief executive has said.

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Norwich insurance giant Aviva has said it is in a strong position to grow after announcing its full year results.

A fertiliser manufacturer – which has traded in the region for more than two centuries – has been bought by an agri-services group.

Greene King has marked National Apprenticeship Week by renewing its commitment to tackling the skills gap in the hospitality sector.

Companies and organisations with links to St Albans are celebrating after being featured in Sunday Times’ lists of best 100 companies in the UK.

An online photographic retailer will be merged with a rival after being bought by a private equity firm.

Insurance giant Aviva has warned it will take a £385m hit after the Government announced a change to the way personal injury claims are calculated.

Essex-based Crittall Windows has been named among the UK’s fastest-growing exporters.

Organisers have announced the latest date for a business charity running event that has raised over a half a million pounds for good causes over the years.

Contract wins with mobile phone networks including Vodafone and Three are fuelling expansion at one of Norfolk’s biggest employers.

An East Anglian business leader has labelled business rates an “unfair tax” as the government looks to hike prices for the first time in seven years.

Aviva has disposed of its 50% stake in the French life insurance joint venture Antarius for £425m.

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Businesses large and small from across the East of England have been recognised in the annual Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list.

Suffolk Business Women, part of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a networking lunch on February 10 at Seckford Hall, near Woodbridge, at which Deborah Cadman OBE, chief executive of Suffolk County Council, will be the guest speaker.

Insurance company Aviva has unveiled a restructure of its senior management as it enters what it called the “growth phase” of its turnaround.

Audio-visual trade specialist Midwich has upgraded its revenues and profit expectations in 2016 after a strong second half to the year.

A Norfolk-based agricultural buying group has appointed senior farm commodities trader and industry spokesman Jon Duffy as its new group chief executive officer.

The fallout from the Volkswagen diesel scandal has seen an East Anglian motor group’s profits shrink by £1.9m.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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