Top of the pile once again in the SMEs Top 50 is Keighley firm Peaspring Ltd.

Part of the prestigious and highly regarded Brook Taverner clothing brand, Peaspring manufactures and wholesales clothing and fabric.

Brook Taverner has had a textile operation out of Ingrow for more than 100 years, and is Europe’s largest supplier of corporate tailoring and a leading menswear brand.

Peaspring recorded a pre-tax profit of £4.8 million and had a turnover of £30.6 million. It employs 124 staff.

The second Keighley firm is the nationally renowned brewing company Timothy Taylor & Co Ltd, which is sixth this year.

The brewer recorded a profit before tax of £2.74 million, with a turnover of more than £22.1 million. It employs 123 staff.

The Knowle Spring-based brewery was set up in 1858 in the centre of Keighley before moving to its present sit in 1863.

Its website says: “The principle of not accepting second best was laid down and remains with us to the present day.

“This means that the very finest ingredients are used to brew the best possible beers, with Landlord winning many awards.”

South Craven and Skipton are also well represented in the list.

Rising from 11 last year to four this year is Glusburn Holdings, which is engaged in the manufacture and distribution of circlips, retaining rings and spring pressings.

It employs 238 staff and recorded a before-tax profit of just under £3.5 million and a turnover of £21.7 million.

Skipton Property Services, based in Cross Hills, is placed at number ten in the list.

The family-run developers were founded in 1986 by managing director Brian Verity and employ 74 staff.

Its turnover was £22.3 million and its pre-tax profit was just under £2.3 million.

The biggest employer on the list is a Skipton firm. Bulloughs Cleaning Services is based at Craven House in the town and is 13 in the top 50. It has a staff of 1,616. Turnover was almost £18.2 million, and profit £1.8 million.

Established more than 40 years ago the company is one of the largest independent cleaning companies in the North.

Managing director Duncan Bullough says on the firm’s website: “Our industry expertise, proactive and professional approach provide the foundations of our company and we are committed to developing long term partnerships with both our clients and our employees.”

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