MAP: Staffordshire's big business hitters rack up turnovers of £10bn
THE top 10 businesses in Staffordshire generated turnover of more than £6 billion, according to their latest available accounts.
Data compiled by global information services group Experian shows manufacturing is still one of the county's strengths with companies including JCB, Michelin and Alstom among those at the top of the table.
Online gambling giant bet365 and Phones4u, which is based in Newcastle, are also among the county's biggest firms.
It comes after Rocester digger-maker JCB and mobile phone retailer Phones4u made it into the top 50 of a league table of Britain's biggest private companies this year. JCB employs more than 5,000 people in Staffordshire. Last month it announced it is to invest £62 million in a construction equipment factory in India and has opened a £60 million factory in Brazil.
Turnover last year rose to the highest level in its 66-year history at £2.75 billion, 37 per cent greater than its £2 billion in 2010 and more than double the £1.35 billion sales in 2009.
Experian has compiled a database of the top 100 businesses in the ST postcode area.
In all, the top 100 generated turnover of £10.5 billion. Thirty-four of these businesses are in Stoke-on-Trent. Together they employ 13,896 people and generated £3.1 billion in turnover.
The oldest company on the list is Goodwin, based in Hanley, which employs around 600 people.
This month it lodged plans to build a factory and apprentice training school next to its Ivy House Road base. The proposals will create 150 jobs over the next five years.
And, as the data shows, several of the top companies are growing employers.
Top of the list in terms of percentage growth is BFM Holdings Ltd, based at Trentham Lakes, which has grown from just one employee, according to Experian's first recorded employment figures, to 114 staff, according to its latest data.Autonet Insurance, based in Burslem, now employs 601 people, while the first recorded employment figure was 165.
Managing director Ian Donaldson said: "Autonet prides itself on being a strong employer in the Stoke-on-Trent area. We have grown exponentially in the last few years and expanded our employment offering to universities and colleges in recent months."
Jon Fairburn, of the Centre for Applied Business Research at Staffordshire University Business School, said: "It is pleasing to see that there is at least some job growth in Staffordshire."
The top 100 list of businesses in Staffordshire by latest available turnover data
Interactive map: Where the business is located