Annual Top 200 list reveals the North East’s largest companies

The North East’s largest companies have been unveiled with the publication of the annual Top 200 list. The list of the region’s largest companies by turnover – compiled in conjunction with accountancy firm PwC, has been hugely affected by the Covid-19 response. With companies having been given extra time last year to file their accounts, a decision was taken to delay publication of the list to ensure it is the most accurate representation possible of the region’s business community.

The top end of the list remains mostly unchanged by the pandemic, with Nissan claiming top spot for the ninth year running with a turnover of GBP4.9bn. But a 20% drop in turnover for the Sunderland automotive giants meant it was ranked only just above transport firm Arriva, which recorded revenues of GBP4.8bn. Fellow transport firm Go-Ahead, based in Newcastle, retained its position as the region’s third largest company, with turnover of GBP3.9bn.

A 30% drop in turnover for Newcastle housebuilder Bellway saw it lose fourth spot to Gateshead motor dealer Vertu, while food-on-the-go chain Greggs fell two places to ninth in the list after its revenues went down more than 30% to GBP811m. Other companies making up the region’s top 10 include Sage Group (6th), Northumbrian Water (7th) and Northern Powergrid (8th). Darlington’s Redde Northgate – formerly known as Northgate Group – consolidated its place in the Top 10 after a merger in 2020 created a larger company.

Washington-based United Living – which includes the former Fastflow Group – was the major riser in the table, after a 141% increase in turnover to GBP332m saw it climb 41 places to 17th. Gateshead building supplies firm Zentia was the highest new entry to the list, coming into the list at 93rd with turnover of GBP74.6m. Journal audience and content director Helen Dalby: “This has been a difficult year for businesses and some of the changes in the Top 200 table reflect the turmoil in the regional and national economy during the pandemic.

“It has been heartening to see that major North East companies like Bellway and Greggs, which saw sales suffer during lockdowns, have been reporting a recovery in recent months. It is also positive that Nissan is looking to its future with positivity with the start of production for the new model Qashqai. “Despite all the challenges of the last year, the Top 200 list shows that the North East business community remains robust and highly competitive in global markets.

“The Journal has always stood shoulder to shoulder with our business community and we remain committed to saluting our companies’ achievements.” Companies that have entered the list for the first time include Crafter’s Companion, founded by Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies, subsea firm Tekmar and utilities group Everflow, which was recently named as one of the fastest growing companies in Europe.

The North East Top 200

1. Nissan, turnover GBP4.9bn

2. Arriva plc, GBP4.8bn

3. Go-Ahead Group, GBP3.9bn

4. Vertu Motors, GBP3bn

5. Bellway, GBP2.2bn

6. Sage Group, GBP1.9bn

7. Northumbrian Water, GBP938.9m

8. Northern Powergrid, GBP849.7m

9. Greggs, GBP811.3m

10. Redde Northgate, GBP779.5m

11. Gestamp Tallent, GBP486.2m

12. Parkdean Resorts, GBP453.2m

13. Home Group, GBP406.1m

14. Magnet, GBP396.7m

15. Kitwave, GBP366.6m

16. Venator Materials UK, GBP362.4m

17. United Living, GBP331.9m

18. HC-One, GBP321.9m

19. Mitsubishi Chemical UK, GBP312.8m

20. LSL Property Services, GBP311.1m

21. Envision AESC, GBP307.8m

22. Sabic UK, GBP303.2m

23. Frank Recruitment Group, GBP297.1m

24. DE Group, GBP288.8m

25. Egger UK, GBP281.3m

26. North Group, GBP277.5m

27. Cleveland Cable, GBP262.9m

28. ScS Group, GBP255.5m

29. Hitachi Construction Machinery, GBP247.1m

30. J. Barbour and Sons, GBP242.8m

31. Hays Travel, GBP240.6m

32. Marlow Foods, GBP229.6m

33. Hargreaves Services, GBP222.2m

34. Fenwick, GBP218.0m

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35.

Alpek Polyester, GBP217.6m

36. The Gibson O’Neill Company, GBP215.4m

37. Grainger plc, GBP214.0m

38. Esh Holdings, GBP206.2m

39. Husqvarna UK, GBP205.7m

40. Unipres UK, GBP205.5m

41. Komatsu UK, GBP204.8m

42. PX Group, GBP203.8m

43. Stelrad Radiator Group, GBP196.6m

44. Sembcorp Utilities, GBP195.0m

45. Mayborn Group, GBP193.4m

46. Bloom Procurement Services, GBP190.6m

47. Lynemouth Power, GBP189.3m

48. Thirteen Housing Group, GBP185.7m

49. Spartan UK, GBP185.3m

50. True Potential, GBP184.9m

51. Oil NRG, GBP181.1m

52. Newcastle United, GBP176.4m

53. Tolent plc, GBP174.7m

54. Grainco, GBP174.7m

55. Ensus UK, GBP174.5m

56. Gentoo Group, GBP172.2m

57. END Clothing, GBP170.5m

58. Simpsons Malt, GBP168.0m

59. PD Ports, GBP158.2m

60. Hertel (UK), GBP157.6m

61. Wood Group Industrial Services, GBP155.9m

62. British Engines, GBP150.8m

63. SG Petch, GBP144.7m

64. Erwin Hymer Group UK, GBP142.9m

65. Karbon Homes, GBP135.9m

66. Bannatyne Group, GBP132.4m

67. Newcastle Building Society, GBP122.9m

68. Tombola, GBP120.1m

69. Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK, GBP114.2m

70. Thorn Lighting, GBP109.2m

71. Draeger Safety UK, GBP108.6m

72. Bell Trucks (Holdings), GBP107.0m

73. Faerch Durham, GBP106.1m.

74. Womble Bond Dickinson, GBP104.8m

75. Svitzer Marine, GBP104.1m

76. Texon International, GBP101.2m

77. Mike Pulman Holdings, GBP99.5m

78. Piramal Healthcare UK, GBP95.6m

79. The Station Hotel (Newcastle), GBP91.2m

80. Atkinson Northern, GBP91.0m

81. Kasai UK, GBP88.5m

82. DuPont Teijin Films UK, GBP86.1m

83. Darchem Engineering, GBP85.4m

84. Lanchester Group of Companies, GBP85.0m

85. Camerons Brewery, GBP84.1m

86. Tharsus Group, GBP81.0m

87. Nike (UK), GBP79.8m

88. Metnor Group, GBP78.0m

89. Beaver Management Services, GBP77.3m

90. Nixon Hire, GBP76.6m

91. Bernicia Group, GBP75.4m

92. Barker & Stonehouse, GBP75.1m

93. Zentia, GBP74.6m

94. A&P Group, GBP74.5m

95. Luxury Leisure, GBP74.4m

96. Formica, GBP73.1m

97. Billions Europe, GBP72.9m

98. Ringtons Holdings, GBP72.6m

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99. Renolit Cramlington, GBP72.2m

100. Vertellus Specialities Holdings UK, GBP72.1m

101. S.K.

Chilled Foods, GBP71.5m

102. The Banks Group, GBP71.4m

103. Opsec Security Group, GBP71.2m

104. Newcastle Airport, GBP70.8m

105. Prima Cheese, GBP69.3m

106. Cundall Johnston & Partners, GBP69.2m

107. Rettig (UK), GBP68.5m

108. James Burrell, GBP68.2m

109. Sterling Pharma Solutions, GBP68.2m

110. PWS Distributors, GBP67.5m

111. Nifco UK, GBP65.9m

112. Winn Holding, GBP65.8m

113. JT Dove, GBP65.4m

114. M.G.L. Group, GBP65.3m

115. Reece Group, GBP64.6m

116. Fairstone Group, GBP64.4m

117. NSA, GBP63.4m

118. GT Emissions Systems, GBP63.0m

119. Mobile Mini UK, GBP62.8m

120. Chemoxy International, GBP61.8m

121. ZyroFisher, GBP61.7m

122. RMB Automotive, GBP60.8m

123. Perco, GBP60.0m

124. C.A.

Group (Holdings), GBP59.2m

125. Sunderland AFC, GBP58.7m

126. Henry Colbeck, GBP58.0m

127. TK Access Solutions, GBP57.5m

128. Pickerings Lifts, GBP57.5m

129. LJJ Holdings, GBP57.1m

130. Welwyn Components, GBP55.4m

131. Berghaus, GBP54.6m

132. Northern Bear PLC, GBP54.4m

133. Pacifica Group, GBP54.2m

134. Armstrong Richardson & Co., GBP52.4m

135. Oil Consultants Holdco, GBP51.8m

136. Parmley Graham, GBP51.6m

137. Cleveland Potash, GBP51.4m

138. Ramsdens Holdings Plc, GBP51.3m

139. Kavli UK, GBP51.2m

140. ENTEK International, GBP51.5m

141. SMD, GBP50.2m

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142. Fleet Factors, GBP49.1m

143. Everflow, GBP48.9m

144. Ravendale Foods, GBP48.7m

145. Port of Tyne, GBP48.6m

146. Templeman Trading, GBP48.5m

147. Cleveland Bridge UK, GBP48.0m

148. T.

Crossling & Co., GBP47.8m

149. Broadband Satellite Services, GBP47.8m

150. PII, GBP46.9m

151. The Interflex Group Europe, GBP46.7m

152. Atom Bank, GBP46.4m

153. Pin Point Recruitment, GBP46.4m

154. Alexander Technologies, GBP46.3m

155. Mandale Homes, GBP45.8m

156. Castle Building Services, GBP44.3m

157. Retirement Bridge, GBP44.0m

158. Global Procurement Group, GBP44.0m

159. Fine Organics, GBP43.7m

160. AAF, GBP43.7m

161. Liebherr Sunderland Works, GBP43.0m

162. Wingrove Motor Company, GBP42.9m

163. Snorkel Europe, GBP42.5m

164. Bulk Tainer Logistics, GBP42.3m

165. Sherwoods Motor Group, GBP41.3m

166. Tekmar, GBP40.9m

167. Prefere Resins UK, GBP40.8m

168. Snop UK, GBP40.6m

169. Thompsons of Prudhoe, GBP40.2m

170. North East Truck & Van, GBP39.8m

171. Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings PLC, GBP39.3m

172. The Clinkard Group, GBP39.2m

173. Sarens (UK), GBP39.2m

174. HMH Civils, GBP39.2m

175. Thomas Sherriff, GBP38.6m

176. Connect Health, GBP38.1m

177. Malhotra Group, GBP38.1m

178. Wearmouth Construction And Plant, GBP37.9m

179. Union Electric Steel UK, GBP37.9m

180. Maquet, GBP37.7m

181. Vantec Europe, GBP37.7m

182. Learning Curve Group, GBP37.6m

183. Applebridge Construction, GBP37.2m

184. Thomas Swan, GBP37.1m

185. Encore Group, GBP36.1m

186. A&J Scott, GBP36.0m

187. Universal Sealants (UK), GBP36.0

188. Hall Constructions Services, GBP36.0m

189. Gainford Care Homes, GBP35.9m

190. Richard Hardie, GBP35.9m

191. WHP, GBP35.7m

192. Technology Services Group, GBP35.7m

193. JB Tustain Motors Holdings, GBP35.5m

194. Paralloy, GBP35.5m

195. Ward Group (North East), GBP35.4m

196. Hathaway Roofing, GBP35.2m

197. Able Group, GBP35.0m

198. Hughes Bros Construction, GBP34.6m

199.

Crafter’s Companion, GBP34.1m

200.

Wolviston Group, GBP33.3m