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Welcome to the Top 100 2015 East Anglia’s foremost business guide detailing how our leading companies have fared in terms of turnover and profitability.

There are 10 new entries on this year’s list which features businesses with sales ranging from just over £37m to £3.5bn-plus. Combined sales were more than £18.6bn, and profits were £1.1bn, while the businesses directly employed more than 124,000 people.

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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Wine-tasters gather around the Broadland Wineries stall at the Norfolk Show

A Norfolk wine supplier which was bought out of administration 10 years ago has rolled out an international expansion plan on the back of 20pc year-on-year growth.

Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King today posted another year of record revenues, with sales within its key Retail division topping £1billion for the first time.

Ben Stocks, chief executive of Porvair Filtration Group. Picture: submitted

Porvair, the filtration and technology specialist, said market demand was “encouraging” as profits climbed 10pc.

Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand, left, with Mike Tye, chief executive of the Spirit Pub Company, outside Spirit's headquarters in Burton uponTrent.

The chief executive of Greene King yesterday hailed “a momentous day” in the company’s history as it became the UK’s largest player in the managed pubs sector.

Kettle Foods factory. crisps being made at the Norwich factory.
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Snack producer Kettle Foods boosted its market share to 4.5pc last year as it continued its strategy of selling crisps on promotion to combat rising cost pressures.

Martin Kellett

The new CEO of Anglian Home Improvements insists the EDP Top 100 company has put a troubled six months of machinery breakdowns behind it.

Muntons' Stowmarket headquarters

An East Anglian malt firm is celebrating after securing a £53.4million loan to help fund future growth.

Aviva flag on the company's heaquarters on Surrey Street, Norwich.
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Aviva could move hundreds of jobs to Norwich as part of a major shake-up sparked by its mega-merger with Friends Life, it is understood.

Outsource services group Norse is now supplying lunches at seven Suffolk primary schools.

Outsourced services group Norse Commercial Services has begun providing meals at seven Suffolk primary schools under a series of three-year contracts worth around £250,000.

Hungry Horse pub chain owner Greene King is on track to complete its acquisition of the Spirit Pub Company by the end of this month.

Greene King’s £774million acquisition of the Spirit Pub Company is likely to take effect from June 23, it emerged today, with the Bury St Edmunds-based company having waived a key condition attached to its original bid.

From left, Dave Haworth, Graham Briggs, Andy Wilson of Greene King following the 2015 VQ Awards ceremony in London at which the company was named VQ Employer of the Year.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King has been named VQ Employer of the Year 2015, for its outstanding support for staff undertaking vocational qualifications (VQs).

Matthew Pryor, founder of surfacing and maintenance company Toppesfield based in Ipswich. Picture: submitted

A road maintenance company has doubled in size for two years in a row as transport networks across East Anglia have seen increased attention and funding over the last few years.

Andy Barker, general manager of Boxreload, which has been launched by Hutchison Ports to help road hauliers  reduce costs and cut emissions.

Hutchison Ports, which includes the Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International Port, has launched a new web-based tool offering road hauliers an opportunity to reduce costs and emissions.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Lotus. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Iconic car-maker Lotus has unveiled plans to expand into a new market. Business editor Ben Woods reports.

Notcutts Garden Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Family-owned garden centres group Notcutts has named its new chief executive, and announced the addition of a new non-executive director to its board.

Mike Page aerial picture of the University of East Anglia campus, Norwich.

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Norwich-based Norse has reinforced its commercial relationship with the University of East Anglia by retaining a recycling and waste contract.

Victory Park off London Road, Attlebrough.

One of the region’s largest construction companies could relocate some of its group businesses to an industrial space in Attleborough.

Opening of the new Co-op store on Cromer Road, Norwich. Left to right, John Cook (director East of England Co-op), Sam McGhee (sales assistant), Sandy Gooch (store manager), Daisy Dugdale (sales assistant) and Roger Grosvenor (executive officer East of England Co-op)
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Bosses at the East of England Co-operative are set to undertake a fresh push to sell the virtues of locally sourced food.

Clarke Willis, chief executive of Anglia Farmers. Picture: Denise Bradley

Despite a volatile year for the farming industry, a Norfolk-based agricultural buying group has reported 12 months of continued growth, with turnover increasing by 2.2pc.

Anglia Harvesters: Left to right; John Palmer (Commercial Manager), Charlene Poeira (Sales Administration), Paul Moss (Sales Director), Jan Kiffmeier (CLAAS Intern/Placement Student)

East Anglia would be better placed to become a successful manufacturing zone if there was more investment in infrastructure and apprenticeships.

Cranswick Country Foods in Watton - On the production line. Picture; Matthew Usher.

A growing appetite for sausages and bacon helped meat producer Cranswick notch up annual revenues of £1 billion for the first time today despite a decline in fresh pork sales.

Aviva flag on the company's heaquarters on Surrey Street, Norwich.
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The chief executive of Aviva said the insurer’s turnaround plan was “on track and ahead of schedule” as it recorded a 14pc rise in the value of new business (VNB) for the first three months of the year.

Spending on drinking and eating out remained robut during May, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker report.

Most Britons are planning to holiday in the UK rather than overseas as they continue to monitor their spending carefully, according to a new survey.

The golden mile in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth has topped the list of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations in 2015, according to the data of domestic holiday giant Hoseasons.

From left, Jim Mayhew, groundsman at Leiston FC,  Darryle Flegg, groundsman at Achilles FC and Danny White, regional pitch adviser for the Institute of Groundsmanship, with Ransomes Jacobsen PR manager Peter Driver during their tour of the company’s Ipswich factory.

Football groundsmen from around Suffolk have been given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ransomes Jacobsen factory in Ipswich.

Two Bears have been installed on the top of the new Hughes Electrical store on Pasteur Road, Great Yarmouth.

Electrical retailer Hughes will be advancing its click-and-collect revolution with the opening of a £1.5m edge-of-town store in Great Yarmouth.

Technical facilities at Treatt's headquarters in Bury St Edmunds.

Flavour and fragrance ingredients group Treatt today posted increased first half sales and profits as it continued to trade in line with expectations.

Michael Perry, right, delivering Digitalis

Seed and plant specialist Thompson & Morgan has stepped in to help a major exhibitor at this week’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show to source urgently needed supplies of one of its varieties.

The Hon Jeremy Soames, left, grandson of Winston Churchill and trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King, enjoy a pint of Churchill IPA which has been brewed to support the charity.

Greene King has teamed up with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to brew a charity ale in honour of the statesman who died 50 years ago this year.

Spring weather on the Norfolk Broads.
A boat on the River Bure at Upton.
April 2015.

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Lowestoft-based holidays firm Hoseasons recorded bumper bookings across its portfolio for the first bank holiday in May.

Alistair Duffield, chairman and managing director of Duffields at Saxlingham Thorpe. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

To succeed in a turbulent marketplace, even a business steeped in tradition cannot afford to rely solely on its hard-won reputation – it must adapt, evolve and overcome. And nowhere is that more true than at agricultural animal feed supplier Duffields.

Stephen Fenby, managing director of Midwich.

Technology distributor Midwich has acquired PSco Group, a trade-only rental and technical distributor specialising in display solutions.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King.

Greene King’s takeover of the Spirit Pub Company raises no “major concerns”, the Competition and Markets Authority has ruled.

Dom South, marketing director at Greene King.

Greene King has received received recognition for a range of beers in the 2015 Monde Selection awards.

Greene King IPA ale being poured, as two of the UK's biggest pub companies are set to join forces after they agreed a takeover deal worth £773.6 million: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Pub group Greene King said it suffered tougher trading in the second half of its financial year, despite record sales at Easter and Valentine’s Day.

Richard Shortis, managing director at Wilco with the new bike range.
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A Norwich-based family business plans to pedal against the online competition after investing in a new range of bicycles.

A woman grocery shopping. Picture PA.

The East of England Co-op has upped sales and profits in the face of a bitter supermarket price war raging through the industry.

Turkeys Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Poultry producer Bernard Matthews has unveiled far-reaching plans to become the UK’s “greenest farmer”.

Chairman of DRB-HICOM Group, Dato’ Syed Mohamad Syed Murtaza (seventh from left) was present with Board and Senior Management of PROTON together with Lotus and Goldstar to witness the occasion. Picture submitted

Group Lotus will no longer just manufacture British sports cars after shaking hands on a deal to kick-start production in the Far East.

Ben Stocks, chief executive of Porvair Filtration Group. Picture: submitted

Five Norfolk companies are celebrating recognition in the latest Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, which have been announced today.

Great Witchingham hall, Bernard Matthews' headquarters.  Photo: Bill Smith

Embattled poultry producer Bernard Matthews is showing signs of recovery after significantly narrowing its losses.

Centrica of Mark Hodges, who has been appointed as the managing director of British Gas. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 14, 2015.

British Gas owner Centrica has appointed a former boss of Aviva’s UK operation to run its residential energy business.

Bumper spring bookings on the Broads

Lowestoft-based holidays firm Hoseasons has continued its bumper start to the year with a spring surge in bookings on the Broads.

The Willis building in Ipswich.

Global risk adviser and insurance broker Willis has urged insurers to show greater innovation in products for the energy sector as underwriters face mounting competitive pressure and reduced premium income.

Inside the Copper House Distillery at Adnams in Southwold.

Southwold-based brewer and distiller Adnams has unveiled a new look for its international award-winning Copper House Gin – the first of its spirits to undergo a brand makeover since the company began distilling four years ago.

Aviva sign.  Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The insurance industry’s biggest merger since 2000 was sealed today with the completion of Friends Life’s £5.6 billion takeover by Aviva.

Pig. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Norfolk sausage maker Cranswick saw home its year end with a strong final quarter thanks to a 4pc hike in sales.

Jean Marc Gales, chief executive of Lotus, launching the new Evora at the Geneva motor show. Picture submitted

Group Lotus’ car sales have entered the growth fast lane as it recorded its best performance for seven years.

Some of the delegates from golf clubs across the UK who attended a BIGGA (British and International Greenkeepers Association) Future Turf Managers’ Initiative (FTMI) event at Ransomes Jacobsen in Ipswich.

Delegates from 19 golf clubs around the UK attended the third BIGGA (British and International Greenkeepers Association) Future Turf Managers’ Initiative event which was hosted by Ransomes Jacobsen in Ipswich.

The Harwich International Port cruise terminal.

EADT/EDP Top 100 compnay Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has kicked off another bussy cruise season at Harwich International Port.

Fergus Fitzgerald, head brewer at Adnams, with Richard Burhouse, managing director of the Magic Rock Brewing Company, and Stuart Ross, head brewer at Magic Rock.

EADT/EDP Top100 company Adnams has unveiled its latest collaboration beer, produced in partnership with the Magic Rock Brewing Co based near Huddersfield.

Rob Legge, Servest's chief executive for the UK and Europe, at the company's headquarters at Fornham All Saints.

Facilities management service provider Servest Group has won a three-year contract to provide cleaning services for global art business Sotheby’s in London.

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