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Wakefield’s Top 100 Companies for 24/25 revealed

Launch of Wakefield Top 100 Companies

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Wakefield’s top performing companies for 2024/25 have been revealed at the official launch event for the very first Wakefield Top 100 Companies list.

Wakefield-based Card Factory PLC came in first position, followed by Team17 Group PLC in second spot. Dunhills (Pontefract) PLC, also known as Haribo UK, came in at number three.

Hague Print Media Supplies Limited were awarded the Highest Placed SME award.

“It’s wonderful to see that so many businesses in our district are thriving and this event was a brilliant opportunity to come together and recognise and celebrate their achievements.

“We want to continue to showcase Wakefield as the place for business, investment and growth. The Wakefield Top 100 Companies list promotes our business community both regionally and nationally.

“We are committed to supporting local businesses and will work them to deliver an economy where the wellbeing of our residents is central to success. I’d encourage more local businesses to reach out and see how we can help.”

Cllr Michael Graham,Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth.

The 2024/25 list was revealed at state-of-the-art creative industries hub Tileyard North Wakefield with representatives from the Top 100 businesses and partner organisations in attendance.

Launched for the very first time this year, the Wakefield Top 100 Companies celebrates the achievements of the district’s business community and promotes the district as a place to do business with unrivalled investment and growth opportunities.

The initiative was founded by partners Wakefield Council, the University of Huddersfield and the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre.

Professor Tim Thornton, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Huddersfield, said: “Celebrating the top-performing companies in Wakefield not only showcases the vibrant business landscape of the district but also reinforces our commitment to nurturing local talent. Through this initiative we can foster an environment where our graduates see tangible opportunities for growth and career advancement right on their doorstep.”

Sue Cooke, CEO of the 3M BIC, said: “It’s encouraging to see so many innovative companies in Wakefield, from a diverse range of sectors. Many are rooted in the district’s rich heritage, while others are relatively new and demonstrating bright futures ahead. Showcasing these successes is key to inspiring other companies to embrace innovation by pushing boundaries and striving for greater things.”

Wakefield Council’s Economic Wellbeing Strategy sets out the ambitions for the next five years. The Top 100 not only celebrates local businesses but helps to meet our ambitions by increasing growth in key sectors, creating high quality job opportunities and meeting the needs of our young people.

Many businesses are already working in ways which support the new strategy. Spectrum Community Health CIC, who appear at number 46 in the list, are a not-for-profit social business providing quality healthcare and offer employees clear career pathways, development opportunities and are committed to becoming a lived experience inclusive employer.

The Wakefield Top 100 Companies list is determined by a set of constant metrics, using a combination of turnover, profit, employee numbers and growth, all derived from published company accounts of locally registered firms drawn from the Bureau Van Dijk – FAME database.

The full Wakefield Top 100 Companies list for 2024/25 can be found here.

For more information about the Wakefield Top 100 Companies follow @WakefieldTop100 on Twitter and Wakefield Top 100 on LinkedIn.

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