Grant Thornton and Birketts to unveil annual Suffolk Limited report

Ian Thoroughgood, associate director at Grant Thornton in Ipswich, with Jonathan Agar, chief executi

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

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.

Suffolk Limited is a barometer of local corporate health, involving a composite set of accounts based on the latest annual reports from the county’s 100 largest companies.

The analysis will be presented at a breakfast event – to be jointly hosted by Grant Thornton and regional law firm Birketts – on Thursday, November 24, at Wherstead Park, Ipswich.

It will include a Q&A session with a panel of business experts including Richard Neall, chief executive, One Group, Jo Lardent, group commercial director, Vertas, and Scott Russell, co-founder of Paddy and Scott’s.

Ian Thoroughgood, associate director at Grant Thornton’s Ipswich office, said: “Over the past 15 years, Suffolk Limited has grown to become an established event in the county’s business calendar and the results are held up as a valuable indicator as to how the local economy is performing.

“The 2016 results will be even more important in light of the historic events we have seen over recent months. Although the findings relate mainly to the period before the Brexit vote, they will indicate how our county’s businesses have ridden the waves of uncertainty and the shape they are now in to respond to the challenges ahead as UK’s new relationship with the EU unfolds.

“Gaining a clear picture of the county’s current economic performance will help to identify the ideas and actions required to achieve further progress. This process lies at the heart of all our work and is the basis of our ‘Vibrant Economy’ campaign.

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“We believe that by getting our people, businesses, cities and communities working together, we can help create and shape a more progressive and productive economy at both a regional and national level.”

Jonathan Agar, chief executive at Birketts, added: “Last year’s Suffolk Limited findings showed the county’s top 100 businesses were performing strongly with healthy increases in turnover, operating profits and investment for continued growth.

“Clearly the business landscape has changed considerably over the past 12 months but the robust and resourceful nature of Suffolk businesses will, we hope, have enabled them to retain a positive position.”

To register interest in the breakfast event or to request a copy of the Suffolk Limited report, email SuffolkLtd@uk.gt.com .