Food group 2 Sisters has been named the largest private company in the West Midlands based on turnover - overtaking global excavator manufacturer JCB and IT company Rigby Group.
The company, founded by Ranjit Boparan in 1990, has grown to become a £2.9 billion turnover business which owns Northern Foods and Harry Ramsden's, making Mr Boparan the city's first self-made billionaire .
It was placed in 14th spot (2013: 19th) in the 2014 Sunday Times Top Track 100, the 13th annual countdown of the UK's largest private companies based on sales.
This year's table contains 11 West Midlands businesses and a further six from the East Midlands, with Nottingham-headquartered Boots once again ranking in the top three this year (2013: 1st) with sales of £23.3 billion.
Rocester-based JCB placed in 17th spot (2013: 14th) with sales of £2.68 billion and Sir Peter Rigby's IT infrastructure group ranked in 19th place (2013: 13th) with turnover of £2.2 billion.
Collectively, the 17 Midlands companies employ circa 180,000 people and generate sales of £43 billion and EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) of £2.9 billion.
The other eight West Midlands companies ranked this year were Phones 4U (42nd) , food distributor AF Blakemore & Son (43rd), care provider Healthcare at Home (45th), online bookmaker bet365 (54th), Virgin Trains (60th), car dealership groups Listers (64th) and Greenhous (91st) and component maker Doncasters (85th).
The fastest-growing Midlands company on this year's table is Stoke-based bet365 whose sales rose 35 per cent to £975 million.
Top Track said punters gambled nearly £20 billion with the online bookmaker last year which is owned and led by the Coates family.
Nationally, the 100 companies in the table grew their sales by six per cent to a combined £202 billion and profits by seven per cent to £18 billion and they employ just over one million people, having added 38,000 staff in their latest year.
The countdown is compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events company, and will appear in this weekend's Sunday Times.
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