October will see the launch of the third Kirklees Top 100 Companies list, where businesses that have made it to the top 10 and three top spots will be announced at an exclusive event.

Launched during the pandemic in 2020, the Kirklees Top 100 Companies initiative aims to put Kirklees on the map as an attractive destination for inward investment, business start-ups, talent development and scale-up and growth, and celebrates the achievements of the region’s business community.

The initiative was set up by partners the University of Huddersfield, Kirklees Council, the Huddersfield Examiner, and the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC). This year’s list is also supported by Huddersfield Town Football Club.

The Kirklees Top 100 Companies 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.

On Wednesday 5 October, the list for 2022/23 will be announced at the initiative’s first face-to-face event held at the John Smith’s Stadium. The list will demonstrate how businesses fared during the pandemic, showcasing those that experienced a period of high growth. New businesses are expected to enter the list for the first time, as well as new entrants into the coveted top 10.

Professor Jill Johnes, Dean of Huddersfield Business School, who produced this year’s list, said: “The 2022/23 list will highlight how different sectors thrived during the pandemic. It will also be interesting to see which businesses made it into the top 10 positions and to recognise their success.”

The top 100 companies, including the top 10 that have demonstrated the most successful performance over the last year, will be unveiled at the invitation-only event hosted by the partner organisations with businesses within the top 100 attending.

There will also be a spotlight on innovative companies and significant organisations that do not qualify for the list but are still major players in the district when it comes to innovation and employment.

Since its launch in 2020, the Kirklees business community has been brought together to connect, inspire and transfer knowledge through exclusive events. A dynamic Talent Group consisting of HR professionals meets regularly to share best practice around talent recruitment, retention, and development.

Professor Bob Cryan, CBE, vice-chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, said: “It’s important that we showcase what opportunities Kirklees has to offer. We have so many businesses across a wide range of sectors where young people can carve out rewarding careers, many of which operate on a national and international level. The Top 100 Companies initiative is the perfect platform to showcase those companies and help keep graduate talent within the district.”

3M Buckley Innovation Centre’s CEO, Sue Cooke, said: “We’re looking forward to being able to meet businesses face-to-face for the first time in three years and really celebrate the Kirklees business community. As part of the West Yorkshire Innovation Festival, I’m pleased that we will also be spotlighting several up-and-coming innovative firms this year as part of the initiative.”

The event brochure which will include information on the each of the Top 100 companies will be available online and in glossy print format at all four partner organisations from Wednesday 5 October.

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