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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Greene King's first two Craft Academy apprentices, Dan Scott and Nancy Nangle.

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

Beer being poured at a Greene King pub.

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.

Greene King has issued a third quarter trading update.

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

Work in progress on the remodelling of the East of England's Rosehill Retail Park in Ipswich.
Photo: Gregg Brown

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

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

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

After nearly 15 years in its existing building, law firm Mills & Reeve has announced plans to completely overhaul its Whitefriars offices to create what it calls

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

Wenhaston Primary School year 4 pupils Emily Deasley and Marley Cross who have been growing tomatoes for Adnams' hotels as part of the brewery's Food for Thought project.

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

The Lotus production line at the company's factory at Hethel, Norfolk. Picture: Lotus.

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.

Work on the new office block being built in Princes Street, Ipswich, by SEH French.

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

Dean Wetteland has succeeded Martin Hopkins as managing director of Norse Commercial Services after Mr Hopkins resigned from the post.

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

Gressingham Foods has opened a new �5m distribution centre at its site at Redgrave near Diss.

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

From left, Emma Osborne (Treatt), Claire Nolan (The Coffee House), Bethany Clarke-Davis (Treatt) and Meghan Court (The Coffee House) enjoy the new drinks.

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

Mike Britch, managing director of Norse Group.

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.

An aerial view of the Port of Felixstowe taken in July 1967, when the first container facility opened.

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

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.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King.

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.

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 chief executive Mark Wilson. Picture: Aviva.

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:

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.

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.

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.

Salena Dawson. Picture Submitted

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 sold its stake in the joint venture Antarius. Picture: ANTONY KELLY.

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

Premier Travel's  Ella Lloyd . Picture: Keith Heppell

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Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand with a group of Greene King apprentices at the Spread Eagle pub in Bury St Edmunds.
Photo: Pagepix Ltd

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

An historical day in Ipswich as the University of Suffolk is officially launched.
Deborah Cadman.

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.

Photo issued by Aviva of its chief executive Mark Wilson. Picture: Aviva.

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

Stephen Fenby, Managing Director of Midwich in Diss.

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

Jon Duffy (left) has been appointed group chief executive officer for Anglia Farmers. He is pictured with AF chairman Nigel Savory.

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

Paul Barnard, managing director of the Marriott Motor Group.

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

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.
 Picture: Keiron Tovell

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.

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