An initiative launched last year to celebrate business success in Kirklees will announce the updated top 100 companies list for 2021 in October.

The Kirklees Top 100 Companies list was officially launched this time last year. On Thursday 7 October it will announce 2021’s results and will showcase how businesses in the district have fared since the last set of results were calculated. Changes are expected at the top, with some local businesses having experienced a period of high growth.

Created by partners the University of Huddersfield, Kirklees Council, The Huddersfield Examiner, and the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC), the Kirklees Top 100 Companies is raising the profile of Kirklees’ businesses and the district as an attractive destination for inward investment, business start-up, scale-up and growth.

The Kirklees Top 100 list is determined by a set of consistent metrics, using a combination of turnover, profit, employee numbers and growth, all derived from published company accounts of locally registered firms drawn from the FAME database.

Since its launch last year, the initiative has helped strengthen bonds within the Kirklees business community through collaborative opportunities and sharing best practice. It has also been used as a platform to inspire training and careers opportunities for young people, as well as bringing together a Talent Group of HR professionals to compare notes on hybrid working, apprenticeships and graduate development.

The top 100 companies, including the top 10 that have demonstrated the most successful performance, will be unveiled at an event on Thursday 7 October, hosted by the four partner organisations with businesses within the Top 100 invited to attend.  There will also be a spotlight on innovative companies and those leading the way in sustainability.

Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader, Kirklees Council, said: “It’s reassuring to see that the Kirklees business community is thriving despite the challenges of the pandemic, proving its resilience and perseverance to succeed. At the Council we are committed to supporting business growth and career opportunities across the region, and initiatives like this one are helping to strengthen our ongoing commitment for inward investment to support business growth, infrastructure and innovation.”

Professor Bob Cryan, CBE, Vice Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, said: “We want to attract and retain talent within the district and this initiative is helping to do that. By showcasing the

wide range of sectors that the Top 100 business are in, from textiles, manufacturing, engineering to MedTech, people are getting to see and be inspired by the exciting training and career opportunities that are right on their doorstep.”

3M Buckley Innovation Centre’s CEO, Sue Cooke, said: “The last 12 months have been immensely challenging for companies across Kirklees. This initiative, however, has brought the local business community closer together, offering up opportunities to share best practice and supporting the district’s economy.  The first year of the initiative has proved a big success and we’re looking forward to seeing it grow over the coming years.”

The event brochure which will include information on the each of the Top 100 companies will be available online on Yorkshire Business Live and in glossy print format at all four partner organisations from 7 October.

CityFibre is once again sponsoring the initiative. CityFibre’s City Manager, Steve Moore, said: “We’re proud to be sponsoring the Top 100 Companies initiative once again this year and helping to bring companies across the district closer together to stimulate economic growth and drive environmental benefits.”

For more information about the Kirklees Top 100 Companies follow @KirkleesTop100 on Twitter and Kirklees Top 100 on LinkedIn.