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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 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.

Building homes on commercially “unattractive” land to tackle a national shortage in homes could help services group Norse overcome cuts to council spending, its boss has said.

Turnover has risen at an East Anglian brewery but profits have fallen due to the closure and redevelopment of its hotel.

The region’s breweries are seeing low and non-alcoholic versions of their beers grow more popular as drinkers cut down on booze in favour of healthier options.

As more people move away from alcoholic drinks the market for non-alcoholic drinks is rising and the region’s breweries are aiming not to be left behind.

East Anglian firms have landed major multi-million pound contracts for the construction of an offshore wind farm’s coastal base.

Suffolk construction firm Jackson Civil Engineering has been awarded the contract for the long-awaited £7m Beccles Southern Relief Road.

Organisers of a seminar series on digital marketing for small and medium-sized businesses have hailed the events as a “great success”.

Websites are gaining importance as an asset in attracting customers and are in many sectors starting to replace the high street shop front as the first point of contact between business and consumer.

Online display advertising can help smaller businesses target their advertising to those who may be interested in their products.

Houses, whether it’s about building, buying or renting them, are a hot topic.

Digital marketing experts will be helping small and medium businesses to get to grips with the creation and applications of video.

Search engine optimisation (SEO), a process to make sure customers find your business online, is a key tool in a small business’s digital marketing arsenal.

Media company Archant is helping small businesses to wrap their heads around the ever-changing digital world.

A “groundswell” in favour of companies who wear their heart of their sleeve is boosting the momentum of co-operatives in the East of England.

The new chief executive of an agricultural co-operative has pledged to put its members first under his stewardship.

They are the powerhouses of our region – the companies which drive the local economy and employ tens of thousands of people across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The East of England Co-op, the region’s largest independent retailer, has consolidated its status as a Top 100 company by posting revenue of £347.709m for the year to January 28, 2017, an increase 2.7% on the previous 12 months.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King, the second-largest member of the Top 100, last year reported a 58% jump in annual turnover following its “transformational” acquisition of the Spirit Pub Company.

The East Anglian facilities of a national meat processing company will be “pivotal” in its continued expansion, according to its chief executive.

Directors of a car sales group which saw a 13% jump in profits in 2016 are remaining cautious of forces which could affect the automotive industry.

Flavour and fragrance ingredients group Treatt has hailed a “great” first half to its current financial year, with a series of new business wins driving strong double-digit growth in sales and profits.

A grain trader which was taken over by a Chinese conglomerate last year has reported a rise in annual profit, despite tough trading conditions and price volatility.

Workers at Bernard Matthews “feel betrayed and let down” after confirmation that 128 jobs are to be lost, a union has claimed.

Veterinary group CVS saw revenue and profits rise in its interim results as its chairman pointed to a “strong financial base” for further growth.

Audio-visual distributor Midwich has delivered on the promise of its chief executive to pursue growth through acquisition after snapping up a European supplier.

Brewing, distilling and leisure retail company Adnams today reported record annual sales and strong growth in bottom-line profits.

Services giant Servest is anticipating its strong growth to continue in 2017, after posting results which showed turnover soared by almost one-fifth last year.

Flavour and fragrance solutions company Treatt today signalled that profits for its current financial year are now likely to come in “substantially” ahead of previous expectations.

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.

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

Its brand is synonymous with turkeys – but now Bernard Matthews is working with a different kind of animal.

It is often said that creative businesses in East Anglia struggle to attract talented employees who are instead enticed by the pull of nearby London and the opportunities that exist there for ambitious people wishing to develop a career.

Businesses from Suffolk and north Essex have been named on the latest Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.

The award-winning Great House restaurant and hotel at Lavenham, one of the best known restaurant businesses in East Anglia, has a new owner.

Housebuilder Persimmon expects full year profits to come in marginally ahead of forecasts as the healthy demand for new homes continues.

A marine environmental consultancy claims it could offer a boost to the East coast’s reputation as a hub for marine sciences if its expansion plans are given the green light.

The chairman of Persimmon is to quit the housebuilder following concerns over excessive executive pay at the firm.

It’s a top-order partnership which would make the England cricket team proud.

Crash-for-cash fraudsters are fuelling a compensation culture which is pushing car insurance premiums to record levels and costing motorists £5m a day, as promised government reform stall.

Services company Norse Group has underlined its commitment to helping former armed forces personnel to find new careers by signing the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Covenant.

A wine merchant has reported strong half-year sales as it prepares for the busy Christmas season.

Norfolk and Suffolk’s retailers are preparing for the Black Friday and festive rush amid challenging times for the high street. Doug Faulkner finds out how they are feeling ahead of this key season.

Cambridgeshire Ltd study by Grant Thornton shows county’s growth is outstripping national performance

The Chinese owner of Norfolk sports car-maker Group Lotus has set its sights high by buying a leading flying car company.

As it enters its teenage years, design agency Creative Sponge says it’s ready to grow up.

Norfolk snack giant Kettle Foods has shown its faith in a local bakery with a £1,000 mentoring scheme donation.

The parent company of poultry giant 2 Sisters Food Group has reported a hit to margins and warned of the impact expected from a food safety scandal.

Nearly 140 employers in the East of England have committed to give workers a pay rise as the voluntary living wage goes up.

A drug delivery device developer and manufacturer secured the EDP Business Award in the Top100 Accelerator category.

The brightest stars in our business community were recognised last night as the winners of the EDP Business Awards 2017 were revealed.

More than half of Suffolk’s top firms are optimistic about their futures - but most believe Brexit will have a negative impact on them, according to a survey.

We take a look at the finalists in the Top100 Accelerator category of the EDP Business Awards 2017.

The finalists have been revealed for the EDP Business Awards, the biggest night of the year for Norfolk’s business community.

A Norfolk businessman believes his vision for a specialist food-and-drink production hub could throw a lifeline to workers at Norwich’s Colman’s and Britvic factories.

Snack-maker Kettle Foods has strengthened its hand in the growing popcorn sector with the purchase of another UK producer.

The cost of a major fire at a paper factory in west Norfolk topped £11m, it has been revealed.

North Essex furniture skate manufacturer Evo Supplies Ltd is celebrating two recent national accolades.

A Norwich firm has been named among the fastest growing tech companies in the UK as it aims to take on the big comparison websites.

Sports car manufacturer Group Lotus has hailed a milestone in the business after making a long-awaited return to profitability.

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