Sheffield’s top 15 SMEs posted an impressive 77.2 per cent overall increase in profits this year.
The list includes a stand-out performance by Dransfield Properties, which posted a 140 per cent increase from £2.7m to £6.6m.
It was the biggest profit of any SME in the city.
The 21-strong outfit makes a success of moribund shopping centres, including the £50m Fox Valley redevelopment in Stocksbridge where it is based.
Mark Dransfield said: “Despite tough times on the High Street we believe we have the formula for town centre retail success.
“Good architecture, reflecting the local area and a strong line up of national and independent retailers are key.” Its portfolio is worth £130m.
The figures are compiled by BHP Chartered Accountants. SMEs must have two of these criteria: fewer than 250 employees, less than £36m turnover and gross assets of less than £18m.
MHH Contracting, of Carlisle Street East, notched up a bigger growth in profit,183 per cent from £791,000 to £2.2m.
The firm, which employs 47, provides demolition, excavation, waste and recycling services and haulage and plant hire.
Another big mover was Clear Line Holdings which saw a 304 per cent growth in profits from £730,000 to £2.9m.
The company of Rawson Spring Way, Hillsborough, is a curtain walling and cladding specialist for blue chip clients including property agents and main contractors.
I Grunwerg, of Silversteel House, Rockingham St, in Sheffield city centre, did even better, with a huge 906 per cent profit increase from £327,000 to £3.3m this year.
The firm is a supplier of houseware and catering products.
But that wasn’t the biggest growth in profits among Sheffield SMEs this year.
That honour falls to machine knife firm TGW (Holdings) which enjoyed a stellar 3,244 per cent increase, from a loss of £130,000 to £4.1m profit.
The figures will delight new owners, New York-based private equity firm Blue Wolf. It took control of the business, which has a factory on Downgate Drive, Brightside.
The Abbey Group suffered a fall in profits this year, down from £6.2m down to £2m.
But the firm, based in Beeley Wood, is forging ahead with plans for a £14m press building on a nearby site off Claywheels Lane.
Across Sheffield City Region, the Top 100 SMEs have seen an increase in profits, sales and staff numbers for the third year in a row.
Total overall profits are £220 million, up from £201m last year and £178m the year before.
Sales are £1.88bn, up from £1.37bn over the same period and employee numbers rose from 8,238 in 2016 to a whopping 11,139 today.
The figures are boosted slightly by a change in the definition of an SME which increased the threshold for turnover and gross assets. But the direction of travel is very clear – and stands as testament to the drive, ambition and graft of firms across the region.
Collectively, these dynamic businesses defied Brexit uncertainty and a host of challenges to deliver, again.