NISSAN is back at the number one spot in the Top 200 List of North East Companies for the second time in four years.
The Wearside motor manufacturer has edged public transport group Arriva into second place – which Nissan occupied for two years before last topping the list in 2008.
Nissan’s turnover of £3.1bn for 2010 compared with Arriva’s £3bn, and the accolade came after the millionth Qashqai rolled off the production line.
Newcastle-based Go-Ahead, is up one place to third behind Arriva. At fourth is software giant Sage, while Southern Cross makes its last appearance at fifth place. Vertu, the Gateshead-based motor dealership is up a place to sixth. Bellway has jumped to seventh.
Eaga consumer support group makes probably its last appearance, reaching eighth in a year when it has been absorbed into construction services giant Carillion. Northgate, the Darlington-based vehicle leasing business has risen three places to ninth.
Northumbrian Water, presently a possible takeover target for Hong Kong utilities giant Cheung Kong
Infrastructure, slips a place in the Top 200 to 10th, while Greggs stays 11th. The 200 have grossed increases both in turnover and numbers employed. The highest climber is the Gibson O’Neill Company which jumped 94 places to 32. Highest new entry, R&R Ice Cream of Leeming Bar near Darlington, has broken into the table at 15th. It wins one of four awards, since it is the highest-placed private equity-backed business. R&R is Europe’s largest private-label ice cream manufacturer.