Sunday, October 25, 2020

24 Yorkshire companies listed among nation’s leading mid-market private companies

Twenty-four companies have been named in the 16th annual Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250 league table ranks Britain’s leading mid-market private companies with the biggest sales.

Published this week, with data taken before the pandemic cut, the table highlights the companies continuing contribution to the economy at this difficult time. It also gives examples of how they have stepped up to support their communities and the NHS.

The companies headquartered in Yorkshire (compared to 27 in 2019) increased their combined sales by 17% to £6.6 billion and operating profits 29% to £531 million, and employed more than 34,000 people.

Examples of their positive responses to the crisis include cafe operator Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate (No 83), which donated £110,000 to the regional Coronavirus Community Fund. Others include Vetpartners (No 66), which was able to carry out consultations remotely, and PureGym (No 68), which offered over 120 free virtual workouts.

HQ location and county Rank

[2019 rank]

Company

Activity

Sales £m Profit £m^ Staff Year end Main shareholders
Hessle

East Yorkshire

6

[11]

Andrew Marr International

Seafood trader

712 16 375 Mar 19 Andrew Marr and family (76%),
N Rathbone (24%)
Hull

East Yorkshire

33

[38]

MKM Building Supplies

Builders’ merchant

458 ‡42 1,516 Sep 19 Bain Capital (77%), management (23%)
Hull

East Yorkshire

250 ESP Group

Transport smartcard producer

105 4 421 Jul 19 Terry Dunn (90%), others including management (10%)
Middlesbrough

North Yorkshire

62 Bulkhaul

Specialist chemical logistics

271 48 994 Jun 19 Stephen Gibson (75%), Michael O’Neill (25%)
York

North Yorkshire

66

[250]

Vetpartners

Veterinary practices

262 35 4,122 Jun 19 BC Partners, management
Harrogate

North Yorkshire

83

[124]

Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate

Food producer & cafe operator

227 16 1,456 Oct 19 Founding family and family trusts (100%)
York

North Yorkshire

128

[171]

Bond International

Tyre wholesaler

181 8 400 Dec 19 Bond family (99%), Duncan Rann (1%)
York

North Yorkshire

206 Pavers

Shoe retailer

122 13 1,650 Feb 19 Paver family (100%)
Doncaster

South Yorkshire

9

[8]

Keepmoat Homes

Housebuilder

650 58 1,141 Oct 19 Funds managed by TDR Capital (77%), Sun Capital (12%), management (11%)
Barnsley

South Yorkshire

60 Symphony

Furniture supplier

274 20 1,736 Dec 19 Douglas Gregory (100%)
Rotherham

South Yorkshire

117

[151]

AESSEAL

Mechanical seal manufacturer

192 28 1,808 Dec 19 Christopher Rea (57%), 3i (43%)
Doncaster

South Yorkshire

142

[216]

Riverside Motor Group

Franchised car dealers

169 4 190 Dec 19 Denton Family (50%), Wright Family (50%)
Doncaster

South Yorkshire

211

[239]

Iqbal Poultry

Halal poultry seller

121 3 100 Jun 19 Mohammed Ahmed (50%), Nadeem Iqbal (50%)
Leeds

West Yorkshire

Top 3

[5]

Turner & Townsend

Construction consultancy

*744 *87 6,789 Apr 20 Vincent Clancy (6%), others members of staff (94%)
Huddersfield

West Yorkshire

54 Buy It Direct

Online retailer

*300 *8 702 Mar 20 Nick Glynne & family & Simon Barnett (82.5%), BGF (17.5%)
Leeds

West Yorkshire

68

[109]

PureGym

Gym operator

255 69 1,212 Dec 19 Leonard Green (>50%), management (<50%)
Leeds

West Yorkshire

70 Country Style Foods

Baker

245 8 2,503 Apr 19 Wood family (100%)
Halifax

West Yorkshire

79 Leo Group

Recycler

235 22 723 Apr 19 Daniel Sawrij (100%)
Leeds

West Yorkshire

84 Howarth Timber

Builders’ merchant

227 8 1,062 Mar 19 Howarth family (100%)
Mirfield

West Yorkshire

92

[118]

John Cotton Group

Bedding manufacturer

217 12 1,493 Mar 19 Cotton family (100%)
Leeds

West Yorkshire

101 Lanes Group

Wastewater services provider

210 9 2,169 Jul 19 Wayne Earnshaw (70%), management and others (30%)
Leeds

West Yorkshire

147

[248]

BJSS

IT & business consultancy

*165 *30 1,116 Apr 20 Andrew Vincent (37%), Mark Hunter (37%), Vinter Estates Ltd (25.5%), Angela Pickard (0.5%)
Leeds

West Yorkshire

188

[240]

GMI Construction Group

Construction contractor

132 3 105 Sep 19 Jarrod Best (41%), Paul Whitaker (41%), David Shann (18%)
Leeds

West Yorkshire

242 Allied Glass Containers

Glass container manufacturer

108 11 621 Dec 18 Sun Capital, management

 

The Top Track 250 is sponsored by PwC and Lloyds Bank, and compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events firm.

“There’s no doubt that 2020 has posed unprecedented challenges. But time and again, we’ve seen business leaders rising to that challenge, adapting their plans and taking the opportunity to innovate,” said Arif Ahmad, a Private Business Partner at PwC UK, the title sponsor of the league table.

“This year, it’s more important than ever to recognise and congratulate the companies featured in the Top Track 250. They are the backbone of the UK economy and it’s our pleasure to work with them, at every stage of their journeys.”

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