Businesses in Doncaster aim for the top

NEWS: News.
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Businesses throughout Doncaster can feel proud after featuring among Biggest private companies in the Sunday Times top 100 private companies list.

They join companies in Bradford, Sheffield and York on the prestigious list which reflects companies with the biggest sales.

The six Yorkshire companies named had combined sales of £4.9bn, up 15 per cent on the previous year, and together they employ more than 17,000 people, having added more than 1,000 staff. They had combined profits of £884m.

JCT600 (No 57), of shows the biggest growth in sales of all of the Top 100 companies, up 36% to £910m, following its takeover last year of rival car dealer Gilder Group, based in Sheffield. JCT600 now operates 50 showrooms in northern England, selling marques such as Audi, Mini and Ferrari.

Keepmoat (No 62) grew sales by 31m per cent to £886m in a year in which it built, refurbished or repaired over 350,000 properties. It grew profits by 47 per cent to £51m after a tough 2012 in which it merged with social housing provider Apollo and brought in new chief executive David Sheridan. The merger was followed by a refinancing and debt for equity swap that left Lloyds Banking Group with a 50 per cent stake.

Another Doncaster company featured was Lloyds.

The 100 companies grew their sales six per cent to a combined £202bn, their profits seven per cent to a total of £18bn, and they employ just over one million people, having added 38,000 staff in their latest year.

The full league table is published in a four-page broadsheet supplement with the business section of The Sunday Times on June 29, and on