TO QUALIFY for inclusion in the Telegraph & Argus/BHP Top 50 SME table, which can be found on the centre pages, businesses must meet two of the following criteria:

  • Have fewer than 250 employees
  • Have a turnover of under £36 million
  • Have gross assets of less than £10 million
  • Listed firms must be an independent company or the ultimate holding company of a UK group.

The list does not include charities, academies, limited liability partnerships, or listed public companies.

Those included have up-to-date filed accounts at Companies House and have a registered or primary trading address in the BD postcode.

Figures have been compiled by BHP chartered accountants using the latest published financial information at the time of the survey filed at companies house, along with financial data provided by Bureau van Dijk’s Fame.

Figures have been annualised on a pro-rata basis where applicable.

Private company information can be incomplete: in preparing this table every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that no qualifying company has been omitted.

In certain circumstances, the compilers of the table have made exceptions to the qualification criteria and their decision is final.

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