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In Full: The 2022 LeicestershireLive Top 200 Companies

23rd Feb 2022 | Professional Services

Today we print in full the 2022 list of the LeicestershireLive Top 200 Companies.

The list has been put together by Linda Hickson, head of the accounting and finance department at the Leicester Castle Business School at De Montfort University and Professor David Rae, the university’s professor of enterprise.

Using freely available data from Companies House it lists the biggest businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire by turnover.

The list this year is sponsored by Pattersons Commercial Law.

Over the past few days BusinessLive – sister website to LeicestershireLive – has been counting down the list, and today we publish the list in full.

Scroll down below for the list, but beforehand here is a brief explainer from Linda Hickson and Professor David Rae said:

How is the Top 200 compiled?

The Top 200 list uses sales “turnover” to rank all active businesses who have their registered offices located in Leicester and Leicestershire, and which are not dormant or in receivership.

Turnover is considered to be a useful indicator of business growth and relative positioning, being used globally to rank businesses.

The rankings are compiled using the total turnover for their year-end that falls between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

These dates have been used to allow time for the submission of the published financial statements to Companies House, and to remain aligned with previous listings of the Top 200 companies.

To gain a position on the list businesses must have a registered office address in Leicestershire, publish financial data in the period being considered, and report part or all of their figures to Companies House.

The overall picture:

The Leicestershire Top 200 was not published in 2021 during the Covid pandemic and lockdown, although the list was compiled as a contribution to the EM Top 500 and for comparison with previous years and future years.

Most of the company reporting years did not include, or only included a few months, of the period affected by the global pandemic.

The true effects of these challenging times will therefore not be seen in the information provided, but the impact of the first year of Covid will be apparent in the next year’s list.

Thirty-six companies entered the listing for the first time, not having appeared in the 2021 data. This occurs for a number of reasons, including: an increase in turnover; a change in registered office; previously dormant accounts; or a new start up.

The ‘Top 20’ companies at the top of the list show relatively few changes from the previous year’s list.

Sytner Group (BMW dealerships) retains its place at number 1, with NEXT Plc moving up to second place, above Barratt developments and Bloor Investments, both of whom stay in the ‘Top 10’.

They are joined by Samworth Brothers, Caterpillar (UK), Dunelm Group, and Watches of Switzerland, all of whom move into this select group.

We can see from these brand names the strength of the county’s biggest names in the automotive sector, in retailing, and in food supply, housebuilding and construction.

There are other strong contenders in each of these industry sectors.

In fashion retailing, it is also good to see locally-owned Joules Group continuing its steady rise, moving up to 30th place.

Retail, fashion and wholesale all continue to be major strengths in the county’s businesses.

Lower down in the index, we also see the rise in performance of a diverse set of manufacturing industries, including construction, automotive, food and drink, and other specialists.

As well as in retailing, the strength of the wholesale, transport and logistics industries is, as you might expect, increasingly significant.

Fourteen of the 36 new entries to the index were as a result of increased turnover, with some especially impressive improvements in performance.

For example, CD Investments (UK) Limited (115, Vauxhall dealers) increased their turnover from £1.4 million (reported Dec 18) to £43.1 million (reported Dec 19) and gained an additional 162 employees being taken on during the period.

Ten companies have moved their registered offices into the county and thus entered the index; some of these have long connections with the area.

One of these is Refresco Beverages UK Limited (18), which owns the Cott soft drinks manufacturing facility in Kegworth.

Overall, the picture of the leading 200 Leicestershire firms from this index is of strength in a diverse economy, of well-managed firms progressing and thriving during the year, and of firms moving down or out of the index in a few cases.

Companies’ fortunes do of course change, and we anticipate seeing more movement in next year’s index.

Here is the 2022 LeicestershireLive Top 200 Companies list in full:


Maintenance & Repair of Vehicles

Turnover: £5,915,844,000

Employees: 10,489

Year End: 31/12/2019

Address: 2 Penman Way, Grove Park, Enderby, Leicestershire, LE19 1ST


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Clothing Retail

Turnover: £4,266,200,000

Employees: 25,491,000

Year End: 25/01/2020

Address: Desford Road, Enderby, Leicestershire, LE19 4AT




Turnover: £3,419,200,000

Employees: 6,422

Year End: 30/06/2020

Address: Barratt House, Cartwright Way, Forest Business Pk, Bardon Hill, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 1UF



Housebuilder and Triumph motorcycles

Turnover: £1,557,289,000

Employees: 4,024

Year End: 30/06/2020

Address: Ashby Road, Measham, Derbyshire, DE12 7JP



Heavy Building materials

Turnover: £1,330,012,000

Employees: 3,433

Year End: 31/12/2019

Address: Bardon Hall, Copt Oak Road, Markfield, Leicestershire, LE67 9PJ



Food manufacturer & distribution including Ginsters Pasties

Turnover: £1,163,984,000

Employees: 9,895

Year End: 28/12/2019

Address: Chetwode House, 1 Samworth Way, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1GA



Digger and backhoe loader maker

Turnover: £1,101,800,000

Employees: 2,217

Year End: 31/12/2019

Address: Peckleton Lane, Desford, Leicestershire, LE9 9JT



Homeware retailer

Turnover: £1,057,900,000

Employees: 6,519

Year End: 27/06/2020

Address: Watermead Business Park, Syston, Leicestershire, LE7 1AD



Luxury Watches & Jewellery including Goldsmiths Jewellers

Turnover: £810,512,000

Employees: 1,984

Year End: 26/04/2020

Address: Aurum House, 2 Elland Road, Braunstone Frith, Leicester, LE3 1TT



Car sales as Availablecar.com

Turnover: £454,058,000

Employees: 785

Year End: 31/12/2019

Address: Station Road, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, DE74 2NL


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By: BusinessLive