An online betting company, a digger manufacturer and a pork pie producer are among the Midlands businesses named in a prestigious list of British companies which reported the biggest sales prior to Covid-19.
The 19th annual Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 league table ranks the UK’s 100 private companies with the biggest sales.
And 13 companies from the Midlands – which collectively employ more than 85,300 people – made the prestigious ranking this year, achieving sales of £23.8bn and profits of £1.8bn in their latest financial year.
Gambling-giant bet365 and digger-maker JCB, based in Staffordshire, along with Leicestershire food producer Melton Mowbray and 2 Sisters Food Group in Birmingham are among the Midlands firms in this year’s list.
The biggest private companies in the Midlands by rank
Ranking: 10 (up from 11)
Sales: £4.11bn Profits: £376m Staff: 11,508
Ranking: 14 (up from 16)
Sales: £3bn Profits: £798m Staff: 4,708
The Rigby Group
Ranking: 20 (up from 22)
Sales: £2.77bn Profits: 65m Staff: 8,138
2 Sisters Food Group
Ranking: 22 (down from 12)
Sales: £2.74bn Profits: £92m Staff: 20,746
Ranking: 39 (down from 39 in 2019)
Sales: £1.69bn Profits: £233m Staff: 3,867
Healthcare at Home
Ranking: 41 (down from 30)
Sales: £1.5bn Profits: £22m Staff: £1,552
Ranking: 44 (down from 34 in 2019)
Sales: £1.46bn Profits: £49m Staff: 10,974
Ranking: 54 (down from 49)
Sales: £1.20bn Profits: £17m Staff: 2,331
Ranking: 57 (down from 54)
Sales: £1.17bn Profits: £10m Staff: 1,436
A.F Blakemore & Sons
Ranking: 60 (down from 44)
Sales: £1.13bn Profits: £27m Staff: 7,493
Ranking: 66 (down from 56 in 2019)
Sales: £1.06bn Profits: £58m Staff: 9,300
Bowmer & Kirkland
Ranking: 80 (down from 70 in 2019)
Sales: £938m Profits: £62 million Staff: 1,489
Pertemps Network Group
Ranking: 85 (down from 74)
Sales: £896m Profits: £21m Staff: 1,800
Amanda Murphy, Head of Commercial Banking at HSBC UK, said: “Uncertainty and volatility remain watchwords in the current climate but we at HSBC UK are confident that Britain’s business leaders, such as those at the helm of the companies in the Midlands on this year’s Top Track 100, will rise to the challenge.
“The country has found new reserves of energy in the face of adversity and the businesses that can harness that energy and pace of change will thrive in the ‘new normal’.”
This year, the 100 companies featuring in the list reached a record £237bn in total sales, up eight per cent on the prior year and total profits up by seven per cent to £28bn.