Welcome to the new-look Top 100 profiling our leading companies in Norfolk and Suffolk.

This is the second time we have produced our authoritative guide detailing how East Anglian firms have fared both in terms of turnover and profitability.

We produce the Top 100 jointly with our sponsors Mills & Reeve and PwC whose support in drawing up the list makes the project possible. And this year we are also delighted to welcome a new sponsor, Roche Chartered Surveyors.

Diversity is one of the key strengths of the region's economy and the listing shows the full range of businesses operating, from family-run firms to major plcs, detailing those with sales of more than £37m to more than £3bn.

On this site you can scrutinise the data in more detail and discover the latest news and analysis from the Top 100 companies.

And throughout the year we will be hosting a series of Top 100 business leaders' roundtables across Norfolk and Suffolk looking in more detail at some of the issues facing our businesses.

Ours is a dynamic region and our businesses are leading the charge towards the growth and the recovery. The Top 100 celebrates that success and we hope you enjoy the project as we continue to track that journey.

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Aviva, formerly Norwich Union, Surrey Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

One of the biggest insurance mergers in a decade has overcome a major hurdle after shareholders overwhelmingly backed Aviva’s proposed takeover of Friends Life.

Stuart Baker, right, and Malcolm Tuff of Hughes in the new Swaffham store.

Retailer Hughes Electrical has strengthened its position in a Norfolk market town by snapping up a rival business.

Oyster Yachts new 118 model

Oyster Yachts has announced the start of work on its largest ever vessel.

Young adults remain the most optimistic in their leisure spending plans for 2015, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker survey.

Women in Britain are less optimistic than men about their financial situation and prospects, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker survey.

Post offices moving in stores

A post office has opened in one of East of England Co-op’s Suffolk stores as part of a rolling programme of transfers.

The i-viewer magnifying device which has been introduced by the East of England Co-op in its food stores and pharmacies.

The East of England Co-operative society says it is the first multiple retailer in the UK to have installed “i-viewer” magnifiers in all of its stores.

Norse Commercial Services. Transport mechanics at work. Picture submitted

Norse Commercial Services has mounted record sales growth after securing and renewing more than 150 contracts.

The Virgin Money Lounge in Castle Street, Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

Virgin Money has more than doubled its profits in the mortgage lender’s first set of annual results since it floated last year.

Aviva, Marble Hall building, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Insurer Aviva has insisted its turnaround has much further to go, despite a rise in annual profits and a big jump in its shareholder dividend.

Vessels for which Fendercare is supplying equipment

Norfolk-based Fendercare Marine has signed a significant contract with BAE Systems Naval Ships to supply rudder components and deck equipment for three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) being built for the UK Royal Navy.

Young adults are the most optimistic in their leisure spending plans for 2015, according to Greene King's latest Leisure Spend Tracker survey.

Britain’s 18- to 24-year-olds are more optimistic in their leisure spending plans than any other age group, according to a survey by pubs and brewing group Greene King.

Aviva flag on the company's heaquarters on Surrey Street, Norwich.
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Norwich-based insurer Aviva has been stung by a £17.6m fine after a “conflict of interest” breach was discovered in its asset management business.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line's vessel Black Watch.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has picked up five major awards at the annual UK Cruisers’ Choice Awards.

The Willis building in Ipswich.

Global insurance broking and risk mangement group Willis has posted reported net income of US$362million (£234m) for the year to December 31, largely unchanged from the 2013 total of US$365m.

Lotus Evora 400. Picture submitted

Sports car manufacturer Group Lotus has announced plans to create 150 new jobs as its gears up to launch one of the fastest cars in the company’s history.

Fourteen key businesses based in Suffolk were rewarded with a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award for demonstrating their support to Reservist employees.

The Port of Felixstowe and Ipswich-based Barnes Construction were among 14 Suffolk firms recognised for supporting army reservist employees, who give up their spare time to train alongside Britain’s regular military forces.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Kier Construction Eastern Headquarters. Turf cutting in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.

Services giant Kier is to create 100 jobs after announcing plans to bolster its presence in East Anglia.

White Space is an open plan collaborative work space on the second floor of St James' Mill, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

Norwich’s innovative start-up companies have put the city on the digital map. But what must the region do now to transform itself into a technology powerhouse? Business editor Ben Woods and business writer Jessica Staufenberg investigate the county’s next steps.

Kettle Foods factory

The parent company of Norwich-based Kettle Foods has taken a 51pc stake in Dutch firm Yellow Chips as it eyes the growing market for vegetable chips.

Peter Hawes of Norse Commercial Services

Facilities and contract management company Norse Commercial Services is continuing to develop a graduate trainee programme designed to support its ethos of promoting from within.

Norman Lamb MP visiting Oyster Yachts in Hoveton. With Suzy Lynch, general manager.

Staff at EDP Top100 firm Oyster Yachts have returned from the world’s biggest boat show in Dusseldorf buoyed by strong sales leads and two signed contracts.

Kinnerton chocolate factory, Fakenham. Pictured: Gordon Chetwood, site director.

Staff facing the axe at the closure-hit Heinz factory near North Walsham could be offered new jobs at a Norfolk chocolate manufacturer.

A crop sprayer working in a field near Wisbech. Picture: Ian Burt

The UK’s largest agricultural purchasing group, Anglia Farmers (AF), has launched a forward purchasing programme to allow its members across the UK to pre-plan payments for fuel and agri-chemicals.

Ben Stocks chief executive of Porvair, King's Lynn.

The boss of King’s Lynn-based filtration manufacturer Porvair said the board was “looking forward with confidence” after mounting record revenues last year.

Woodbury Salterton Primary School celebrate after being recognised as a top 100 performing school in reading, writing and mathematics. Ref exe 5872-04-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A Whitehall education minister has praised Woodbury Salterton Church of England School, calling it one of the best 100 primaries in the country over the last three years.

Staff facing the axe at the closure-hit Heinz factory in North Walsham could be offered new jobs at a Norfolk chocolate manufacturer.

Nicky Dulieu, chairman of Notcutts. Picture submitted

Suffolk-based garden centre group Notcutts has followed a strong festive period with the announcement that former Marks & Spencers finance director Nicky Dulieu will join as chairman.

Geoff Tucker

Norwich-based facilities management and contract services provider Norse Commercial Services is celebrating its most successful year for forming new joint venture companies (JVCs) with UK local authorities.

Richardson's boat displaying new logo

he CWM FX London Boat Show provided a positive start to 2015 for Norfolk’s marine businesses which had their biggest presence at ExCel London for years. Tourism correspondent Stephen Pullinger reports.

Simon Altham

EDP Top100 firm Hoseasons is celebrating a record-breaking start to the year in terms of online and call centre holiday bookings.

The party from the Goose Island Beer Company with hosts from Greene King following their tour of the company's brewery in Bury St Edmunds.

The team behind the Goose Island Beer Company based in Chicago has paid a visit to the Bury St Edmunds brewery of Greene King.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King said today that like-for-like sales for its core retail business were up 2.0% over Christmas and New Year – despite a Hogmanay hangover from tougher drink-drive laws in Scotland.

Hellesdon Housing Development. Picture submitted.

Broadland District Council has joined forces with Norse to create a private sector arm tasked with driving money back into public services.

Robert Hughes. New Hughes Plus store on Hall Road, Norwich. Pic submitted

Lowestoft-based electrical retailer Hughes has mounted strong festive sales thanks to its “busiest day in history” on Black Friday.

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

The new boss of Bernard Matthews has announced plans to create 90 new jobs in Norfolk as he looks to return the company to growth.

A vessel taking shape at Oyster Yachts' Hoveton site.

Top100 firm Oyster Yachts revealed it is poised to seal a deal to build a 115ft super yacht - the largest Oyster ever built in the UK. The multi-million-pound craft will be built at Southampton but it will shift some production lines to Hoveton. Oyster moved its headquarters from Foxes Marina, Ipswich, to Southampton this year, but retains brokerage and commissioning functions there.

Doug Field, Executive Officer – Finance, East of England Co-op has been appointed to the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board.

The East of England Co-op’s Doug Field has been appointed to the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board.

Simon Altham

Lowestoft-based domestic holiday giant Hoseasons is launching a lavish television advertising campaign which will continue at least up to Easter.

Adam Osbourn Gavin Edwards  Simon Yallop, Liam Bush, technicians at Norse Commercial Services’ transport workshops, have gained accreditation from the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE).

Four technicians at facilities management firm Norse Commercial Services’ transport workshops have gained accreditation from the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE).

Greene King has carried out a survey of leisure spending.

Families are driving growth in spending on meals out, a survey has revealed.

Doug Field of the East of England Co-op who is to join the board of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

Doug Field, executive officer, finance at the East of England Co-op, has been appointed to the board of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

File photo dated 07/07/12 of a Virgin Money banking store in Guildford, as Virgin Money's plans for a stock market listing have been revived less than a month after they were put on hold due to turbulent conditions. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 4, 2014. The Newcastle-based lender hopes that its shares will be trading on the London Stock Exchange before the end of this month. The company is selling about a quarter of itself in a move expected to value it at nearly £2 billion. See PA story CITY Virgin. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Norwich-based Virgin Money is revamping its home and motor insurance products after securing a tie-up with Ageas Retail.

Norman Lamb MP visiting Oyster Yachts in Hoveton. With Suzy Lynch, general manager.

EDP Top100 firm Oyster Yachts has revealed it is poised to seal a deal to build a 115ft super yacht - the largest Oyster ever built in the UK.

Duncan Brodie, Ruth Goldsmith and Peter Funnell, the speakers at the Suffolk Chamber's beer tasting evening with Adnams at Trinity Park Ipswich.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce teamed up with Southwold-based Adnams to host a networking event with a difference at Trinity Park, Ipswich.

Mark Taylor, contracts manager at ISG, and Odran Doran, head teacher at the Bridge School, on the site of the school's new building in Sprites Lane, Ipswich.

The Ipswich-based arm of construction group ISG is on track to ensure that a new £4.7million building for the Bridge Special School in Sprites Lane, Ipswich, is watertight in time for the worst of the winter.

Ben Stocks chief executive of Porvair, King's Lynn.

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King’s Lynn-based Porvair have secured a $10m contract to supply filtration equipment to a Chinese state oil company.

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Greene King has promised to trial new commercial bingo games with its customers after winning a landmark appeal against the Gambling Commission.

Daemmon Reeve, chief executive at Treatt.

West Suffolk flavour and fragrance ingredient supplier Treatt today reported increased annual sales and profits.

A woman gardening. Picture PA.

Notcutts is hoping investment in its garden centres will pay dividends after an “unseasonably” cold spring at the beginning of last year dealt a blow to its retail sales.

Andreas Andorfer at Bosch Lawn & Garden in Stowmarket.

Bosch Lawn & Garden is celebrating a record year for lawnmower sales, which has enabled it to breach the 100million euro turnover barrier.

Greene King has seen a surge in festive bookings

Pub group Greene King has reported a surge in Christmas bookings but said it still expects families to limit their spending over the festive season.

The Women in Property and FM networking event arranged  by Stuart Bonner, director of Investigo Property, and Norma Bresciani, managing director of hotel services at Servest,

Women working in property and facilities management heard from top female speakers, and raised £400 for a cancer charity, at a networking event organised by recruiter Investigo Property and facilities management provider Servest.

Zoe Jackson, Living the Dream

A 25-year-old entrepreneur has made it on to a glossy magazine’s coveted list of outstanding women.

Paul Chisnall, general manager of Trade Electricals Direct (TED),  part of the Hughes Electrical Group.

Trade Electricals Direct (TED) has launched a new service aimed at helping businesses to improve their cash flow.

Britons are planning to spend less on presents and eating out this Christmas, according to a Greene King survey.

Britons are planning to spend less on gifts and eating out this Christmas compared with last year, according to a seasonal edition of Greene King’s monthly Leisure Spend Tracker report.

Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand

Greene King’s plans for its £774m acquisition of Spirit Pub Company will be under the spotlight when it presents its half-year results on Thursday.

Ian White of Beckett Financial Services.

Bury St Edmunds-based Beckett Financial Services has been ranked one of the UK’s top 100 independent financial advisers by industry magazine New Model Adviser.

Twickenham stadium in London, the home of rugby union in England and one of many sporting venues to have been supplied with rubber granules by Murfitts Industries.

A rubber granule manufacturer based in west Suffolk has been named in the new Investec Mid-Market 100 ranking of the UK’s fastest-growing private companies.

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

Investors regained their appetites for meat producer Cranswick as the group said it was recovering from a fall in fresh pork sales.

East of England Co-op logo, winner of the EDP Business Awards Food and Farming Excellence category 2014

The East of England Co-operative Society has reported increased overall profits for the first half of its current financial year, despite its food stores coming under pressure amid the supermarket price war.

An overhead view of Kinnerton's factory in South Creake

Chocolate makers Kinnerton Confectionary has appointed agents to sell its packaging factory in South Creake as part of the company’s planned major expansion of its Fakenham site.

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