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Every year we put the Top 100 Businesses in Gloucestershire together it feels like a race to the wire.
Our deadlines slide around as the ever-changing landscape of the county economy ebbs and flows.
Companies file accounts at different times, groups pool turnovers and separate out their county revenue and staff for us and we battle to create a list.
Of course, we could just take all of the data straight from Companies House, but so could anyone else.
We prefer to run it through our own system and see what comes out. Inevitably, a talking point.
Some firms will be missing because they didn’t want to be in there – but it is a very small number.
Others are there based on their Companies House data.
And we should mention our main sponsors Hazlewoods, Circle2Success and the University of Gloucestershire, without which this would not be possible and all, no doubt, shake their head at our journalistic ways.
Others may not be quite as high up the list as, perhaps, they should be when the next turnover comes in but if they are on the list we salute them and thank everyone who helped us build this year’s Top 100.
“It is fascinating to watch the list take shape every year and it never ceases to amaze us just how diverse the county’s economy continues to be and how remarkably robust it appears,” said chief business reporter Andrew Merrell.
“It has become something of a running joke that wealth manager St James’s Place takes the top spot and it seems inevitable it will keep it for some time with, perhaps, only one of the developing energy companies one day running it close.
“Horizon nuclear power, for example, has ambitions which seem realistic to become a FTSE 250 and, perhaps, 100 firm in the future.
“It could be argued that St James’s Place’s figures do not represent turnover – they actually show its wealth under management – which seems awfully tough on a firm like Renishaw which has built its business on design, manufacture and export.
“But St James’s Place is Gloucestershire born-and-bred and an example that you can conceive and grow a firm of City standard within our boundaries and attract the staff to it as well.
“Everyone will pick their own talking point from the list but what we do hope is that you take it in the spirit in which it is intended.
“Not as a categorical record of every county firm bar none ranked on turnover but a celebration of some of the very best businesses, not just in the county but the whole of the UK.”
The magazine is available in today’s (June 28) Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo newspapers.
To view a full pdf of the magazine click: Top 100 Businesses in Gloucestershire.