There are manufacturers, retailers, building firms and car dealerships, among others, and the list of Plymouth’s largest firms shows just how diverse the city’s economy is – and how much cash it is generating.
The lineup comes from the Western Morning News’ Annual Business Guide, 2019, which contains a chart showing the 150 biggest businesses in Devon and Cornwall.
The data for this year's list has been compiled by Annual Business Guide partners PKF Francis Clark and supported by Gallagher, Natwest and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub.
For the first time, the Top 150 has been ranked by turnover rather than employee numbers. We have also included companies that are based in the Plymouth travel-to-work area, so that includes South East Cornwall, and those that may be headquartered outside the city but have a Plymouth base or are active in the city.
From tackling extreme weather and fatbergs to pioneering new technologies in water treatment and plastics recycling, it has been an eventful past year for Pennon Group (the FTSE 250-listed parent company of South West Water, Bournemouth Water and Viridor).
Based in Exeter, South West Water has treatment works in Plymouth at Cattedown and Ernesettle, and Viridor has three collection points in the city.
Pennon is a UK-leading environmental infrastructure business which has a workforce of more than 5000 and an asset base of more than £6billion. As one of the largest employers and private sector investors in the region Pennon has been, alongside the Western Morning News, one of the driving forces behind the Back the South West campaign for regional growth.
Announcing a strong set of full year results at the end of May 2019, the group reported excellent progress in both the water and waste management sides of its business during the 2018/19 financial year.
Summer 2018 - the hottest and driest summer on record – brought a unique set of challenges with demand for drinking water spiking in late June.
The company stepped up production by an extra 54million litres of water a day, successfully avoiding the need to place any water restrictions on customers for a 22nd consecutive year.
In its wastewater operations, South West Water achieved its best-ever performance against the official wastewater treatment standards following a programme of major improvements.
Its contribution to the protection of bathing water quality also helped the region achieve its best-ever results with an overall pass rate of 98.7% for Devon and Cornwall during the 2018 bathing water season (100% in Cornwall). Key investments for South West Water during the year included the commissioning of a £20million Ultra-violet (UV) disinfection facility for treating storm water in Plymouth, upgrades to wastewater treatment works in Falmouth, and improved land management in eleven river catchments to protect river water quality.
Just before Christmas 2018, the discovery of a 64-metre “fatberg” under The Esplanade in Sidmouth-made of congealed, fat, oil and wet wipes hit the headlines, helping to highlight the issue of people flushing inappropriate items down the loo and sink.
Over the three months that followed 36 tanker loads – each 3,000 gallons – of debris was excavated and removed by a dedicated team of confined-space specialists.
It has been another successful year for retail magnate Chris Dawson and his chain of budget superstores.
The Range, owned by Mr Dawson and his wife, now employs more than 9,000 people and has a turnover that has risen from 2018’s £761million.
And the Plymouth-headquartered business’ bounty is helping bulge its founder’s wallet too – by an extra £30million in the past year as his personal wealth inches nearer to the £2billion mark.
The sum makes the 67-year-old the third most minted person in the South West according to the annual Sunday Times Rich List 2018, just behind Wiltshire-based household technology guru Sir James Dyson and Bristol finance wizard Peter Hargreaves.
Mr Dawson, the former market trader who is now among Britain’s most recognisable business faces, is continuing to grow his retail empire – and in early 2019 gave Plymouth a stunning £2million superstore at Derriford and created 80 jobs.
He is also opening a new head office in another huge building, next to the Seaton Hill superstore, in summer 2019.
It will be named Elsie Margaret House after Mr Dawson’s mother. That would be appropriate for a building designed to become “the beating heart” of The Range empire.
The plan is to move 250 staff from Mr Dawson’s current, overcrowded HQ, at Estover’s Airport Business Park, and create 570 jobs too, including 120 store workers.
It’s been far from plain sailing for engineering giant Babcock, which operates Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth, during the past year, yet the firm remains profitable and a major employer in the South West.
The company shut its Appledore shipyard, in North Devon, saw share prices tumble, and twice had to fend off a hostile merger plan from outsourcing rival Serco.
The multinational received an "unsolicited and highly preliminary proposal" from Serco on January 23, 2019, regarding a potential all-share combination. But it was turned down by Babcock's board, on the grounds that it was not in its “best interests”.
Babcock shares were sent tumbling in 2018 after a highly critical research paper posted by a mystery analyst called Boatman Capital alleged that Babcock had a "terrible" relationship with the MoD and claimed the firm had "systematically misled investors by burying bad news about its performance". Babcock denied the claims as "false and malicious".
In May 2019 shares slumped again as it revealed a 40% drop in annual profits and warned over the next year's result.
It revealed in February it had suffered an extra £10million tax hit due to Brexit and the restructuring of its aerial emergency services business. That was after it was extruded from the FTSE 100, with Just Eat gobbling up its place.
Meanwhile, chairman Mike Turner is leaving the firm after 11 years as chairman and Ruth Cairnie, a former Royal Dutch Shell executive, is set to become the first chairwoman of the FTSE 250 firm.
Brothers Jim and Jack Dobson established Dungannon Meats, a premium butchers shop in Moygashel, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, in 1976, and the business has expanded through organic growth and via multiple acquisitions.
In 1998 it took over Rose County Foods, in Clitheroe, Lancashire, and three years later swallowed Excel Meats & Newgrange Meats, in the Republic of Ireland, and Oriel Jones & Sons, in Wales. In 2003 it acquired new boning facility at Kilbeggan, in Ireland.
In 2006 it rebranded as Dunbia, acquired Kepak, in Preston, and Scotland’s Rhinds of Elgin, and two years later bough Stevenson’s & Co pork facility, in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. It expanded its plants and in 204 acquired Lynch Quality Meats, in Scotland, a multi-species retail packing facility.
A strategic partnership between Dawn Meats and Dunbia was also formed and now comprises of 12 sites across the UK. These include Dunbia Treburley abattoir and processing plant in Launceston, and the Dunbia West Devon abattoir at Hatherleigh.
The Plymouth-based luxury boatbuilder Princess Yachts announced record profits of £30million in June 2019 as its remarkable turnaround continues.
The company, which found itself in the red in 2015 and only three years ago announced it would cut 350 jobs, set new records for yacht sales and employment and is celebrating its most successful year in its 54 year history with forward orders worth £700million and stretching through 2020.
Financial results for the 12 months to December 31, 2018, show a record operating profit before exceptionals of £29.8million, up £10.9million, or 173%.
In 2016 Princess Yachts brought in Antony Sheriff, former managing director of supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive, as executive chairman, and pumped in a £100million investment. The company’s five boatyards in and around Plymouth are working at capacity.
But also in June 2019, managing director Chris Gates announced he would step down after 30 years with the company. Mr Sheriff, together with the Princess Yachts executive team, will continue to lead the company as chief executive in addition to being executive chairman.
Meanwhile, Matt Pears has joined the executive team and board as chief operating officer and has been appointed to oversee the yacht firm’s manufacturing, supply chain and quality operations.
The firm said it is continuing to invest in product development, and quality and manufacturing efficiency and will be launching several new ground-breaking models in the coming months, including the highly anticipated X95 flagship X Class Yacht and the V55 V Class sports yacht.
The past 12 months have seen strong performance for the Midas Group. It is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned construction and property services companies and has seen increased profits, announce its expansion into two key UK regional markets, in the West Midlands and South East, and deliver a series of landmark projects, across the South West and beyond.
From its roots in the South West, Midas has grown to become one of the UK’s largest independent construction and property services providers, with offices in Indian Queens in Cornwall, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Bristol, Newport in South Wales and Southampton.
In Plymouth, it moved into larger offices this year, which will act as a hub for the Group’s activities across the city and surrounding area and new offices opened in 2017 in Longbridge, Birmingham, and in Leatherhead, Surrey.
Highlights of Midas’ year include the completion of the first phase of the Oceansgate marine enterprise project in South Yard, Plymouth, and a series of schemes under way across Cornwall and Devon including a new retail park at Marsh Mills in Plymouth, Cornwall’s new archive centre Kresen Kernow, a new Premier Inn for Wadebridge and the £17million new Hi-Tech and Digital Centre at South Devon College.
Mi-space, through its property services division, carries out a wide range of housing improvements and maintenance right across the South West, South Wales and Midland regions. Last year this involved more than 1,400 kitchen and bathroom replacements, almost 500 homes undergoing roofing and external wall insulation programmes and several major projects. It also undertook 24,000 responsive repairs and 900 voids on behalf of housing associations local authorities and the MoD.
Its residential division, Mi-space Living, completed 10 new affordable homes at Pengover Parc, Redruth, and has started work on 75 at Higher Nansloe, in Helston, both for Coastline Housing. It is currently delivering the innovative 72-home low-energy Passivhaus development at Bodmin Road, Plymouth, which is the largest of its kind in the country, on behalf of another longstanding partner, Plymouth Community Homes.
A family-owned business for more than a century, Wrigley became a subsidiary of manufacturing powerhouse, Mars in 2008 and produces 34 brands across its global portfolio.
Wrigley UK produces more than a dozen of these, including Extra, Airwaves, Hubba Bubba, Tunes, Lockets, Starburst and Skittles. It has its UK headquarters at Estover in Plymouth.
That factory has views of picturesque countryside, deer graze in its grounds and there is a mental and physical health plan for workers – so perhaps it’s no wonder it was named among the best places to work in the UK in 2017.
That year Wrigley marked its 90th year of manufacturing in the UK, having opened its first factory in Wembley in 1927.
Every day, more than four million packets of chewing gum are manufactured at the site, which today employs more than 500 highly-skilled people.
The car dealership is run by father-and-son bosses Peter and Nick Vosper was founded by Peter’s father in 1946 and has been building a £12million car sales supersite in Exeter.
The company, which represents 12 manufacturer franchises, was founded by Peter’s father in 1946 and he joined the firm in 1966 becoming managing director in 1974.
Peter, now company chairman, marked 50 years of service with the company in 2017. Nick joined his father in the business in 1996, after completing his studies at university and following extensive training with Ford in London.
Nick, who obtained an MBA at Exeter University, was appointed as managing director in 2011. Peter won The Herald’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, but is still working in the family firm today.
French-owned Imerys has operations in 50 countries and more than 16,000 employees. It extracts and processes rocks and minerals and has a UK operation based in St Austell. This also includes the Herreschoff Kilns brick-making works at Lee Moor, Plymouth.
Cornwall is at the centre of Imery’s UK operations and continues to be a key part of the global business and one of the largest employers in the region, exporting to more than 75 countries worldwide.
Based at Par Moor, the company’s activities focus on kaolin (china clay) extraction and processing with the UK being the world’s third largest producer and exporter of kaolin after Brazil and the USA.
Imerys has a global presence with more than 250 sites in 50 countries and almost 18,000 employees. Here in Devon and Cornwall, it produces around one million tonnes of kaolin each year, with 85 per cent exported.
China clay from Cornwall supplies the ceramics and performance minerals markets and the paper-making industry.
Imerys operates 18 active quarry and industrial facilities in Devon and Cornwall, employing 900 people, including 20 apprentices, and pumps an estimated £100 million into the local economy annually.
The internationally acclaimed science and technology function based at Imerys’s Technology Centre-UK, at Par Moor, employs more than 50 highly-skilled scientists and technicians exploring new and emerging markets and end uses for locally produced china clay products, as well as other minerals Imerys has interests in globally.
Where land is no longer required for mining use, Imerys is carrying out award-winning restoration schemes and supporting the regeneration of clay country through the West Carclaze Garden Village project, as well as providing land for key infrastructure projects such as the A391 improvement at Carluddon and employment developments with the ESAM building and Technology Park.
Based in the Cornish clay town, St Austell Brewery has the Plymouth pubs the Waterfront, the Ship, the Penguin Lounge and the George Inn and it is styling its new Brewer and Bean coffee shop, on the Barbican, as a “dedicated ice cream parlour”.
In 2018 the firm won the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards, recognising and celebrating business excellence across the UK.
As winners, St Austell Brewery demonstrated outstanding results in terms of its sustainable development and will now hold the accreditation across the next five years.
The firm was praised for its commitment to sustainable growth, working to reduce its carbon footprint, sourcing ingredients ethically, creating circular economies and nurturing young local talent.
In April 2019, St Austell Brewery announced Kevin Georgel will become its new chief executive when the current boss James Staughton retires in January 2020.
Mr Georgel, who has been a non-executive board member at the brewery for four years, will be stepping down from his five-year tenure as chief executive of pub group Admiral Taverns to take on the new role.
When Mr Staughton steps down he will take on the honorary role of president of the company and will continue to support the business in an ambassadorial role.
The Devon distribution, storage and logistics company celebrated its centenary year in 2019 after starting life in North Tawton with a single Model T Ford Truck.
It now has a fleet of more than 750 vehicles and 1,200 trailers, and has more than 400 customers ranging from local companies to large, multi-national organisations, and lists many national brand names amongst its customers.
In October, it acquired ARR Craib Transport Ltd, whose headquarters are in Aberdeen, with additional operations in Cumbernauld, Stockton and Great Yarmouth.
Craib’s was linked to the paper industry and developed as a major supplier to the Oil and Gas industries. Subsequently the business expanded to include running the Scottish hub for Palletline as well as being the largest pallet network operator in Scotland. Many of Scotland’s most famous brands, such as Baxters, Walkers and Brew Dog, are transported by Craib’s.
The acquisition has added significantly to Gregory's Scottish operations giving the group a strong market presence in both Scotland and South West England.
Its sites across England, Wales and Scotland, including in Cullompton, North Tawton and Plymouth where it has regional headquarters at thegiant former Toshiba factory site, transformed into the £40million Plymouth Enterprise Park
Gregory Distribution operates 36 depots across the UK and last year was forced to announce up to 50 redundancies across its business as a result of Newton-Abbot based British Ceramic Tiles going into administration.
Appleby Westward is the SPAR Retail Distribution Centre for the West Country. Its distribution services stores from Bournemouth, Southampton and Portsmouth in the East through to Helston, Falmouth and Truro in Cornwall and as far north as Bristol and Bath.
The company behind the Ocean BMW and Mini dealerships in Plymouth, Falmouth and Torbay. The car dealership trades as Ocean at Marsh Mills in Plymouth and is the city's premier BMW, MINI and Motorrad retailer.
Livewell Southwest is an independent social enterprise providing integrated health and social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon and Cornwall.
Livewell Southwest is an independent, not-for-profit, social enterprise at the forefront of integrating health and social care.
It provides services on behalf of the NHS,and is starting to deliver care for people in new ways that are more efficient, with professionals who would have previously worked in individual teams now working together.
Livewell Southwest aims to help people to be physically and mentally well, to get better when they are ill and to remain as independent as they can to the end of their lives.
Livewell Southwest has £450,000 per year available purely for development of new and existing staff.
It aims for all its apprentices upon successful completion to move into “a substantive post”. Livewell offers a fully-funded career pathway from entry level to degree qualified nursing with no study debt and a salary.
Provider of healthcare for elderly, sick and vulnerable people that has grown nationwide. Totnes headquartered but with a Plymouth operation at Derriford, it was s tarted in 1996 by Michelle Gorringe RN and Stephen Pattrick, the care provider has grown a network throughout the UK.
It provides clinical and administrative support to help care for sick and vulnerable people through a nationwide network of 60 centres and training facilities. New technologies, including a new website and HealthForceGo, a pioneering app has helped to streamline bookings.
The Roborough-based business supplies and installs a broad range of air conditioning units. Its award-winning systems are used to maintain a comfortable, high productivity environment for offices, shops, hotels, hospitals and healthcare facilities, universities and leisure centres. The Toshiba range spans small, compact systems up to large distributed VRF systems for air conditioning multi-storey buildings.
Toshiba Carrier UK Ltd achieved double success in the ACR News Awards 2019, winning Website of the Year for Toshiba’s online installer training programme and coveted Chiller of the Year Award for Carrier’s AquaForce Vision Chiller.
Trago opened its first ever store outside of the region in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales in April last year and completed major investment with the opening of its £3.5 million Build Centre at its Newton Abbot site. Owner Bruce Robertson, son of the founder, said last year that he hoped to open a fifth Trago by 2020 as a 'bridging store' between Newton Abbot and Swindon.
With its flagship garden park at the Newton Abbot store, and its initial outlet between Liskeard and Bodmin, Trago is a longstanding discount retailer that has just opened its fourth store at Methyr Tydfil in Wales, its first outside the South West.
The wheels of success have been well and truly set in motion at Plymouth’s immense tyre factory as it continues its impressive growth.
Bandvulc Group is cementing its reputation as the UK’s leading UK fleet management service provider and independent truck tyre retreader.
Since the business was acquired from the founding O’Connell family by Continental Tyre Group in early 2017 the plant, at Ivybridge’s Lee Mill Industrial Estate, has got progressively busier.
It has up to 30,000 casings on its vast site at any one time, and the factory works around the clock, five days a week, to rebuild them into usable tyres for trucks and lorries.
There are now 454 employees at the Ivybridge plant which can produce 900 retreads in a day. Bandvulc also fits new tyres for Continental, also bringing jobs to the Lee Mill site, and has a fleet of 30 trucks to bring casings in and send retreads out.
But nearly half of the site’s employees work in the fleet management operation, tracking trucks and lorries around the UK making sure if they have a blowout some one is on hand very quickly to replace the tyre and get the rig moving again.
Last year’s Beast from the East cold weather dampened profits at organic veg box company Riverford but sales continue to rise thanks to trends for convenience and ethical buying.
Turnover at the Devon-based company rose by 7.4% to £60.9million, up from £56.7million the previous year, for the 52 weeks to 30 April 2018, mainly due to a rise in average order value.
Profit before tax slipped from £783,758 to £55,395 for the year due to adverse weather and the impact of snow in February 2018, as well as operational costs from a new packing system being installed.
Looking ahead for the next financial year, managing director Rob Haward said there is a positive outlook with sales already up 10 per cent year on year, despite the concerns over a no-deal Brexit.
Riverford became employee owned in May 2018, a move Mr Haward said has given the company a “huge forward momentum” and increased engagement with customers, media and employees, now co-owners.
Addressing the challenge of a potential no-deal Brexit, Mr Haward said: “The prospect of the UK leaving the EU with no deal is causing public uncertainty and concern about food supplies.
“We are planning for short-term disruption should there be a no deal. Any longer than that and we will face significant difficulties, along with many other companies. We do not expect disruption to last in the long-term but have made plans to cope with this eventuality.”
Mr Haward said Riverford is well-positioned to cope with a no-deal scenario due to four main reasons: Its direct and long-term relationships with various organic suppliers, both in the UK and overseas; the location in the south west meaning it can benefit from the low-freight route between Plymouth and Roscoff; the veg box concept meaning supply can vary weekly depending on availability and regular communication with customers through founder Guy Singh-Watson’s weekly newsletter addresses topical supply issues such as Brexit.
Founded by PD Cavanna in Torquay in 1923, the construction firm is still family owned with third and fourth generation family members involved in the day-to-day business. This year has been Cavanna's busiest construction year to date, with eight live sites and three to open later this year across Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. It is currently building new homes in Barnstaple, Dawlish, Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth, Wolborough Hill in Newton Abbot, Tavistock, and Bodmin. It has been very active in Plymouth where it has a “flagship” development in Plymbridge Lane and another on part of the former Plymouth City Airport site.
Work has now started at Broadleigh Park in Tavistock – a development of 148 new open market and affordable homes.
Metal enclosures firm Rittal-CSM is predicting turnover to hit a record £90million as growth in the world’s computer industry sends it into overdrive.
The Plymouth manufacturer created more than 100 jobs in a year and now has more than 500 staff on the payroll at its vast Roborough factory, part of the German Friedhelm Loh Group.
Its metal enclosures are sought after in industry and increasingly for computer data storage bringing in some of the world’s largest digital companies as clients.
The 26,000sq ft Plymouth factory takes in metal sheets and pierces, folds, welds, coats and assembles them into sought-after enclosures, using automation, robots and skilled human staff.
It can produce 700 cabinets a day, with the production line operating non-stop from Sunday night to Friday, with overtime and maintenance at the weekends.
The majority of the finished enclosures are sent to Europe, particularly to large distribution hubs, with about 30 lorry loads leaving each day. Other products go straight to customers such as Hewlett Packard.
The manufacturer was the stand-out winner at the 2019 Plymouth Business Awards, being named Large Business of the Year and taking home the Apprenticeship Development award too.
And Dr Stephen Hobbs, managing director, revealed the company is planning to create up to 80 jobs by the end of 2020.
“We are expecting to continue investing this year and next,” he said. “That means more jobs, 40 this year and easily the same next year.”
Dr Hobbs was overjoyed at the double win and said: “We are delighted, there was a lot of strong competition, this is a tremendous achievement.”
The wealth management and investment firm was started in Plymouth as Succession Advisory Services, a consultancy, just a decade ago by founders Paul Morrish and Simon Chamberlain, who died in 2017.
And since then it has grown enormously, mostly by buying up independent financial advisors, to become a business with a staggering £7billion of funds under investment in 2018.
It means the company, which recently rebranded from Succession Holdings to Succession Wealth, has expanded from just a couple of people to a nationally recognised near corporate, with 600 staff nationally by mid-2018, including 75 in its head office where it now has the entirety of the three-storey Drake building at Plymouth Science Park.
And the company, which has been aiming at a profit figure which could nudge up to about £20million, has been looking to add workers.
The company behind Murray Volkswagen (Plymouth), the family owned car dealership, was set up by managing director Kevin Murray when he moved from Surrey to Devon in 2001 to take over the Volkswagen franchise.
Mr Muray was born in South London but now lives in Exeter and has two daughters. He started his career as a commodity broker on the coco futures market in the City and at the time was the youngest trader on the floor to trade under supervision.
He has been in the motor trade since 1984, starting as a sales executive, into sales management and then as brand manager in the South East before coming to the West Country.
Since setting up the Millbay Road headquartered business it has grown dramatically and now employs more than 150 people and turns over in excess of £50million annually.
In 2013 the firm spent £500,000 giving its Millbay Road site a complete overhauled, creating a 10-car showroom, a new air conditioning system is expected to slash costs with its air circulation/heat exchange unit. The Direct Express facility, created towards the rear of the site, is a three-bay workshop with reception, customer hospitality, tyre store and fitting area.
The firm, which also has a site in Newton Abbot, has been consistently ranked amoung Volkswagen’s top dealerships nationally and has won several awards. In 2014, Mr Murray wss awarded the Volkswagen Diamond Pin for services to the brand.
Plymouth’s Atlantic Inertial Systems Ltd specialises in the design, development and manufacture of military guidance and navigation technology.
The firm’s main focus is MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) inertial technology, which is now widely used for the guidance of precision weapons, thereby minimising collateral damage.
The Southway-based company, part of the huge UTC Aerospace Systems empire, also supplies its TERPROM product, a predictive ground proximity warning system used to increase safety on fast jets and military transport aircraft, to international users.
The firm dates from 1913 when it was Sperry Gyro. It became AIS in 2007. The MEMS technology was introduced in 2005, when the firm was owned by BAE Systems, and has evolved to form the major part of what is now a £56million manufacturing business.
AIS has a global customer base with 83 per cent of 2017 trade in export to the US, Far East, Middle East and Europe.
Roger Young began trading from his fathers farm in Bolventor, repairing Land Rovers and Farm Machinery before being awarded the Land Rover franchise for Defender in 1984 and becoming the main retailer for Land Rover in 1992.
Isuzu and Nugent were added to the group in 2011 and in 2014, the business grew further and became one of the UK’s first franchisees to develop a Jaguar ‘Arch Concept’ dealership, setting the standards for retailers throughout Europe. It has a main showroom at Saltash.
Liskeard-based Steve Hoskin Construction Ltd Building and Civil Engineering Contractors deliver a wide range of services such as earthworks, excavation, civil engineering works and street works across the South West.
It has joined with Fred Champion Ground works Ltd to form Groundfix Ltd with the sole purpose of carrying out infrastructure and groundworks at the huge Sherford housing development on the edge of Plymouth.
Plymouth’s huge Kawasaki factory has seen sales surge, beating expectations, for a fifth consecutive year as demand for its hydraulic pumps and motors increased and the firm celebrates its 25 anniversary.
The vast Ernesettle plant now has a significant market presence in the construction, marine and industrial market segments and is continuing to invest - in 2018 it pumped £3.4million into the Plymouth operation.
It won the Exporter of the Year title at the 2019 Plymouth Business Awards and Lee Crocker, general manager and executive director, said: “We will continue to grow and search out new markets and expand in Europe.
“We will continue to launch new products and look at new markets – and remain focussed in Plymouth, from where we are exporting all over the world.”
This groundworks, bulk excavation, scaffolding and insitu-concrete specialist is based at Doublebois Industrial Estate,, Liskeard.
Established in Sweden in 1934, Stiga has more than 80 years of experience in innovating consumer products. According to its tradition and demanding Nordic climates, all Stiga products are high in quality and excel in performance.
Stiga makes front cut ride ons, lawn tractors and garden equipment and manufactures at Bell Close in Plympton.
Vi-Spring makes high-end bespoke mattresses and divans, using only 100 per cent British wool that retail from £2,000 and can cost well into five figures.
The beds, made in Ernesettle, have proved popular with celebrities, and famous Vi-Spring sleepers include footballer David Beckham and his fashion designer wife Victoria, TV stars Paris Hilton, Kirstie Allsopp and Claudia Winkleman, England cricketer Matt Prior, and Plymouth’s Olympic bronze medal-winning diver Tom Daley.
One of the largest regional law firms based outside London with offices in Exeter, Southampton, Taunton Truro, Bristol and London, and its flagship Plymouth base in the eye-catching Salt Quay House at Sutton Harbour.
Trading as Akkeron Group, this is the company run by former Plymouth Argyle chairman James Brent. Having sold off many assets, including some hotels and his Saltrock fashion chain, the investment and development company now has a portfolio which includes Plymouth Pavilions, and Suite Hospitality, which has Makeney Hall Hotel, in Debyshire; Harte and Garter Hotel, in Windsor; and Buckerell Lodge, in Exeter.
Natatomisam sold off the car park at the Pavilions to Vastint, an international real estate organisation, which is planning to put a hotel on it.
National provider of legal, professional and regulatory services with offices in Exeter, Bristol, London, Taunton, Tiverton and in Plymouth’s Princess Street.
Founded by Rodney and Linda Williams more than 30 years ago, this Marsh Mills-based company has grown to become one of the leading petroleum forecourt and retail contractors in the industry.
The firm is one of the few contractors with the specialist knowledge and experience required to work in the petroleum sector and has now diversified into the retail sector. Its team carries out complex civil and shopfitting works throughout the UK.
Plymouth’s Barden factory - and the jobs of nearly 400 workers – were saved in May 2019 after its parent firm sold the factory and it was revealed it will continue to make bearings.
Top brass from the German-based parent firm Schaeffler Group, which owned the plant in Etover, sold it to HQW Holding (UK) Ltd.
Under the agreement the factory will continue to supply Shaeffler with its products. It means the factory will stay open and all jobs will be kept.
In November 2018, Schaeffler said it wanted to shut the Plymouth factory, which had operated for more than 51 years, and move production overseas.
The global automotive and industrial supplier said it would close the plant within two years, just a year after it announced it would pump £15million into the facility, and blamed Brexit for the closure.
The Estover operation produces precision bearings for cars, aircraft, the nuclear industry, missiles and satellites.
Chartered accountants with offices in Exeter, New Forest, Taunton,, Torquay, Poole, Truro, Salisbury and at Sutton Harbour in Plymouth.
Launceston-based H R Jasper & Son Ltd is a family run business which supplies lamb from West Country producers.
Jasper’s looks to source the majority of lamb from West Country producers and to ensure the highest quality, from farms with Farm Assurance Schemes in place. Jasper’s supply many customers from small butchers to larger national supermarkets.
MVV Environment is the UK branch of German energy company MVV, provides waste-fired energy generation to publicly and privately owned waste disposal companies and to local authorities, runs the Devonport Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power facility in Plymouth.
Since 2015, this new facility has been using around 245,000 tonnes of household, commercial and industrial residual waste per year to generate electricity and heat, notably for Devonport Naval Base.
David Wynne’s White Rose UK Ltd company has 12 McDonald’s restaurants in Devon and Cornwall, employing more than 1,000 people, half of whom are full-time.
Mr Wynne has been associated with McDonald’s for 30 years, beginning as a burger-flipper and at 21 becoming the chain’s youngest UK restaurant manager.
After 19 years with the firm he asked to become a franchisee, bought the five Plymouth venues in 2008, moving his family to the city for lifestyle reasons.
The Twofour Group, with a major base in Estover in Plymouth, is a family of award-winning companies delivering international TV production and distribution. Working for broadcasters around the world, the Twofour Group spans drama, comedy, factual and entertainment and is now part of ITV Studios.
Established in 1932, Rowes is still a family business and has grown to become one of the most successful Honda dealer groups in the country. In 2014 it became the official franchised dealer for Suzuki Cars in Plymouth & East Cornwall.
In December 2015 the business won the Honda UK Small Dealer Group of the Year Award. It now has seven dealerships throughout Devon and Cornwall, from Hayle in the west to Plymstock in the east.
The company sells more than 2,000 new and used cars each year, looks after 23,000 customer’s cars and changes 30,000 litres of engine oil. It has a dedicated customer relationship management department based at its Weston Mill dealership.
London & Devonshire Trust is a private property company established in 1984 and specialising in commercial and industrial property development. LDT has concentrated on expanding its commercial development activities throughout its core areas of Devon and the South West.
Alongside the commercial and industrial development arm, LDT independently operates a number of separate divisions. These include; Devonshire Homes, an award winning residential house builder based in Tiverton; The Dragon Hotel, a four-star hotel in Swansea and Trilogie CRE, a corporate real estate consultancy.
In Plymouth it is the motivator behind Plymouth Enterprise Park, a regeneration project of the site of the former Toshiba plant at Ernesettle, and which dates from the Bush Radio factory built in 1948.
The former factory has now been completely demolished and the first occupiers have either moved onto the Phase 1 site or are developing their detailed designs and gearing up to occupy the site. This leaves the Phase 2 site, comprising 4.6 acres of ready-to go new business space. The site has full services, is well accessible from the highway and provides a high degree of flexibility in terms of size, shape and segregation of operations on any new project.
Hemsley Fraser, headquartered in Saltash’s Fore Street, is a global solutions provider, offering a turn-key range of services that include design, content development, delivery, and administration of training programmes for clients. There are two million users worldwide of its online learning library.
Hemsley Fraser was named in the Top 20 Online Learning Library Companies List again in 2019, marking the third consecutive year of excellence.
It has also been ranked in the top 20 training outsourcing providers in the world for a ninth consecutive year. This follows earlier recognition as a top 20 leadership training business, a list it has featured in continuously for a decade.
Provides urgent out-of-hours GP service with treatment centres in Barnstaple, Exeter, Tiverton, Honiton, Torquay, Newton Abbot, Totnes, Okehampton and Derriford in Plymouth.
Based in Saltash, Westward is a privately owned business that has been supplying the trade for 50 years as a leading distributor of hardware and associated products to the timber window and door market.
In 2018 Burts Potato Chips signed deals to supply two huge Chinese supermarket chains as the world’s insatiable appetite for the Plymouth-made snacks continues to grow.
The Roborough-based firm, named Plymouth’s Large Business of the Year at the 2018 Plymouth Business Awards, sent a team at the enormous China Food and Drinks Fair (CFDF) in the city of Chengdu – itself home to 14 million potential crisp crunchers.
The company revealed at the Business Awards ceremony, at the Pavilions, that it is diversifying away from just making crisps.
The business, which has just bought Leicester popcorn maker Savoury & Sweet, is looking at the “popping market”, a way of making snacks that is healthier.
The Victoria Group is a leading independent port operator whose six port facilities include Victoria Wharf and Corporation Wharf in Plymouth, alongside Sharpness Dock, Gloucestershire; Mersey Wharf, Wirral; Seaham Harbour, Durham and Port of Boston. Services include logistics, storage, handling and distribution.
Burrington Business Park-based cmostores.com has invented an online marketplace allowing contractors to order materials at the touch of a button.
First-to-market a decade ago, Roofing Superstore brought the over-the-counter builders’ merchants into the 21st century. Its fifth specialist online store will launch in 2019.
The company was actually hatched in a Chinese restaurant when four roofers nearing retirement had the idea.
Securing capital of £8million in 2017, the company invested further in new premises, and headcount grew from 33 to more than 100 staff.
The figures supplied by PKF Francis Clark state the firm has 45 staff, but it is not in excess of this, as is the turnover figure, not put at £38million b he firm, which is likely to push it up the list in 2020.
Across four websites; Door Superstore, Drainage Superstore, Insulation Superstore and Roofing Superstore, cmostores.com now lists 75,000 products and supplies 240,000 customers.
Winner of the Excellence in Customer Service Award at the 2019 Plymouth Business Awards the firm said it is planning to add to its websites; Door Superstore, Drainage Superstore, Insulation Superstore and Roofing Superstore.
Callum Tasker, director, said: “We will launch new categories and continue to grow. There are so many sectors to contribute to, so more platforms.
“We dedicate this award to our 240,000 customers and more than 100 staff – they contribute to our high performance and delivering great results.
Plymouth engineering and robotics firm Applied Automation has been creating jobs after buying a neighbouring toolmaking company.
The Langage-based manufacturer is experiencing huge growth with global orders streaming in for its bespoke machinery, automation and control systems, mainly for the medical, marine and automotive industries.
So it acquired precision toolmaking company PTG Precision Engineers Ltd, a family-run business based on the same industrial estate, in 2017.
The acquisition, for an undisclosed six-figure sum, included all of PTG’s 18,000sq ft factory and equipment – and workforce.
Founded more than 30 years ago, Applied Automation originally made control systems for a range of industries, including car manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.
While engineering remains the core business, the firm now has other divisions including a control and automation distribution arm, a marine section and a versatile frame building system division.
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The business exports many of its products to firms across Europe as well as a growing number to China and the US.
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