YORK'S best performing businesses have been revealed today.

The Press's latest edition of the York Top 100 Business Report, published in the paper today, showcases the city's biggest success stories.

This annual report was produced by The Press, York St John University's Business School and Make it York to showcase a definitive and comprehensive list of York's most significant employers.

The Top 100 was collated using an algorithm devised by York Business School, taking into account key performance factors such as turnover, profit, growth, and staff numbers.

Topping the list is Pavers Shoes, which was founded in York in 1971 by Catherine Paver and has grown significantly, now employing 1,650 people.

Shepherd Group climbed to second place with an annual turnover of more than £330 million, followed in third by Total Systems Services (TSYS) which provides payment processing, merchant, and related payment services to institutions globally.

Also in the top 10 are LNER, Great Rail Journeys, ADVA, Persimmon, SportsShoes, Authentix, and Continuum Attractions.

VetPartners, which has risen from 29th place in 2019 to 27, has been named the 'one to watch'. The veterinary group is profiled in the supplement along with many other businesses making their mark.

York Press:

Dr Bob Gammie, Dean of York Business School, said: "The York Top 100 is now in its fourth year. During that time we have often remarked on the vibrancy of the York economy.

"Analysis of the local position compared to the national picture invariably shows York to be significantly more prosperous based on any number of measures. For example, the growth rates that have been recorded by the companies in the Top 100 indicate that York is home to a huge number of rapidly expanding innovative, creative, and highly entrepreneurial organisations.

"The diversity within the list is frankly extraordinary and is a testament to the popularity of the city as a place from which to run local, national, and internationally successful businesses.

"The York Top 100 provides a valuable insight into the economic infrastructure of the area. We hope that the list will stimulate interest and debate and become a much-anticipated feature of business life in York for many years to come.

"The Top 100 has a different look to it this year with a new number one and some fascinating new entrants.

"It has been a difficult year economically and financially and York has suffered along with the rest of the world.

"However, it does seem that the City is primed and ready to come out of the latest lockdown and to commence business activity with vigour and energy."

The supplement is published in the paper today and in a soon-to-be-launched e-edition on The Press website. 

The list reflects York's rich diversity of businesses, covering sectors including financial and professional services, rail, engineering and transportation, IT and digital, life scinececs, leisure and tourism, retail, food and drink, among others.

It is important to recognise that not all of York's significant companies will be profiled, primarily because they are not registered in the city, but are still major contributors to the local economy.

As we know, the coronavirus crisis has led to the biggest economic downturn in years and brought about unprecedented changes to the way many operate.

But it has also brought out the resilience, innovation and sheer determination of York businesses of all sizes and across different sectors during these turbulent times, and we take great pride in being able to throw the spotlight on the success stories and their contribution to the city.

The Top 100 has previously been launched at an event hosted by York St John University and attended by delegates from our business community which has not been possible this year due to Covid restrictions.