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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 revenues ranging from £44m to nearly £4bn. Combined turnover topped £20bn for the first time in the five-year history of the Top 100, while total pre-tax profits rose from £1.4bn to £1.6bn, with food, drink and agriculture once again the dominant sector. There are nine new entrants to the list in 2017.

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 separate set of accounts filed at Companies House.

You can explore more about the Top 100 on this site through the listings, analysis and 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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The East of England Co-op has beefed up its security services to launch a new arm of the business.

Fears have been raised that small firms will be hit the hardest by a hike in auto-enrolment contributions which came into effect last week.

The gender pay gap figures are in – and some of them aren’t pretty. The main finding is the gender inequality which persists at senior and board level. Bethany Whymark reports.

A Norfolk-based outsourcing group has added nearly £100m in forward orders in the last year, helped by public sector contracts.

Becoming a “simpler, stronger” group will allow Aviva to give more back to its shareholders this year, according to new figures.

East Anglian facilities giant Servest is expected to pass the £1bn turnover mark following an acquisition.

Speakers from diverse backgrounds explained how they built happy, healthy workforces, as the Best Employers scheme kicked off. Mark Shields reports.

Insurance giant Aviva has sold its remaining stakes in two Spanish businesses for 202m euro (£178m).

An electrical goods supplier has expanded its Midlands base with a substantial investment in a new premises.

Veterinary practice firm CVS Group has raised £60m through a share placing as it prepares to launch a £40m spending spree.

As public consciousness of health and wellbeing grows, more and more people are choosing to cut down on or shun alcohol. But what is driving this trend away from drink? Bethany Whymark reports.

More than two-thirds (68%) of the East of England’s mid-market businesses are looking to increase exports beyond Europe because of Brexit, according to research.

Trading in the run-up to Christmas exceeded expectations at a regional meat processor.

Insurance giant Aviva has become one of the first companies in the region to reveal its gender pay gap under new legislation.

Brewing and pub giant Greene King says it saw record sales on Christmas Day, but took a hit to trading in the weeks surrounding it.

Norfolk’s biggest facilities group is in discussions to step into the breach left by the collapse of outsourcing giant Carillion.

The boss of one of the region’s best-know haulage firms has warned that a shortage of drivers after Brexit and the industry’s poor image will hit the bottom line.

A regional housebuilder is bullish about its future prospects after recording a 50% jump in pre-tax profits.

Online wine seller Naked Wines has toasted rising sales over Christmas, the retailer’s most critical trading period.

While 2017 was a year rocked by sexual harassment scandals, the tide was also beginning to turn against a less obvious type of sexual discrimination.

An online wine merchant has brewed up plans to bolster its growth by jumping on the craft beer bandwagon.

Brewer and distiller Adnams says it has cut its annual carbon emissions by more than 1,000 tonnes after completing a transition to renewable energy across its entire business.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King has reported a fall in first-half revenues and operating profits amid “challenging” trading conditions for its managed pub estate.

A new £54m chicken processing plant on the Norfolk/Suffolk border could create up to 400 jobs for the region.

Flavour and fragrance ingredients group Treatt has reported a 46% jump in profits for a year in which it achieved its strategic financial goals for 2020 three years early.

A glance around the business landscape in Norfolk and Suffolk will tell you that the scene – regardless of sector – is still male-dominated.

Insurance giant Aviva has swooped for an Irish rival in a £116m deal that would make it one of Ireland’s largest insurers.

A cookware store is the latest addition to a garden centre, increasing the variety of products on offer.

The boss of one of East Anglia’s biggest retailers said his company had “made the best of a difficult year” in the wake of the Brexit vote and a softening of consumer confidence.

Kettle Foods UK managing director Ashley Hicks said while the group would continue to fry potato crisps in Norfolk for the UK market, if tariffs made it unviable to distribute from Norwich to Europe he would consider the move.

Suffolk brewer Adnams has teamed up with a Norwich tech company to launch a game inspired by its most popular beer.

Norse Commercial Services has struck a deal with a local authority in the Midlands which the company claims could see up to £25m flowing back into the Norfolk economy.

A Norfolk wine supplier has made changes at the top after appointing an experienced industry leader.

Garden centre group Notcutts, has announced a healthy performance with sales up 5.3% to £71.3m and operating profits up 57.7% in the year ending February 2017.

An electrical goods retailer has invested more than £50,000 in a demonstration kitchen to highlight its products.

A major Suffolk pig business has been snapped up by international food firm Tulip, which is part of Danish Crown, for an undisclosed sum.

An audio visual distributor has seen double digit growth as it increased turnover off the back of acquisitions.

Pub group Greene King has blamed falling consumer confidence, rising costs and bad weather for a slump in first quarter sales.

A Diss-based audio visual equipment distributor has continued on the acquisitions trail after taking a majority stake in a Dutch firm.

Regional retailer the East of England Co-op has received two nominations under a national training awards programme.

In the face of an ageing population leaders in East Anglia are focused on increasing the skill level of the region’s workforce. But what is the best educational route to take? Bethany Whymark reports.

English wine appears to be putting the fizz back into the industry, as a Norwich-based seller saw sales in home-grown vintages rise by 16%.

Offshore services group Gardline has been snapped up by a Dutch company in a multi-million pound deal, ending nearly 50 years as a family business.

Electrical retailer Hughes is hoping to improve driver efficiency with new in-cab technology in its fleet of delivery vehicles.

An east coast car dealership has seen its margins squeezed amid challenging trading conditions.

Investment in new sites and a focus on energy-efficient housing has added up to a “busy and successful year” at construction firm RG Carter.

A major East Anglian meat processor and seller is bullish about its future growth despite suffering a $15m set-back in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

Head of office says law firm wants to help sell the city

Dr Nigel Davies, Muntons technical and sustainability director has been appointed as honorary associate professor at Nottingham University, School of Biosciences.

Independent games studio behind Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster has new games on the way

A diversity advocate and leading figure on East Anglia’s tourism scene is encouraging more businesses to engage with Norwich Pride.

It’s no secret that the restaurant industry is an increasingly tough market to achieve success in, with a third of the UK’s top 100 restaurant groups believed to be operating at a loss.

Ed Sheeran has been named the highest-earning solo musician in the world, having taken home more than £80 million over the past year.

Law firm Mills and Reeve has seen its turnover breach the £100m milestone.

Website and restaurant guide SquareMeal has revealed the UK’s favourite places to eat following votes from thousands of its readers, as well as bloggers and local foodies.

Founder/CEO of Washington-based Center for Advancing Innovation heads for Cambridge

It goes without saying that, had they had the choice, the new joint managing directors of East Anglian construction and maintenance company Barnes Group would not have wanted their new roles to come in the circumstances they did.

Birketts advises on new flagship Stokke store at Westfield in London

Babraham research firm has potential to slash drug discovery lead times

Its products are already improving lives around the world – but further international expansion is on the cards for a Norfolk medical devices manufacturer.

Aviva will offer goodwill payments to shareholders who sold preference shares after it announced its now-failed share cancellation scheme.

How Onespacemedia became a phenomenon in its own right

A wine seller has revealed £24m investment plans as it aims to drive growth across its business and break the half a billion pound barrier.

Bad weather brought by the Beast from the East hit the sales of East Anglian pub owner and brewery Greene King.

Commercial vehicle dealership chain TruckEast has reported increased annual profits, despite a slight dip in revenue amid a broadly flat UK market.

The boss of one of the region’s fastest-growing companies has said it may need to consider expanding its HQ after a year of bumper sales.

A well-known East Anglian motor dealership has sold five high-end franchises to a US retailer.

A third of the UK’s top 100 restaurant groups are loss-making, up by 75% in the past year, a new study shows.

Cambridgeshire firms on Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For list

Veterinary business CVS Group saw turnover soar in the latter half of 2017 after investing £30m in practices.

A Norwich-based book group which was founded in a chicken shed will return to its traditional family name after a deal with a private equity group finally got over the line.

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