(Carried on from home page)
By Chris Maw, senior partner at PwC's Norwich office, and James Hunter, parter at Mills & Reeve
It provides a fascinating snapshot of East Anglia's key businesses and sectors and how they have been performing.
We have also given more focus to those Top 75 companies. Pages 16 through to 42 outline the Top 75 businesses, company by company, highlighting those businesses for whom the past year has been one of change, through innovation, growth or by meeting the challenges they face.
For the second year, we have also created a website to support this publication. And again, we have innovated. As well as listing and profiling the Top 75, we have also provided you with an online tool with which you can list the companies by name, turnover, staffing numbers, pre-tax profit and sector.
Whatever way you want to look at the Top 75, it is an impressive list. There are £30m to £14bn turnover companies employing from under 30 to thousands.
They are all regionally-managed businesses, many owner-managed, rather than national and multi-national corporations. But they may also be major plcs.
And the sectors they span range from retail to renewables.
This is now the seventh year we have worked with our sponsors PricewaterhouseCoopers and Mills & Reeve.
Without their support in drawing up the Top 75, this project would not be possible.
This year we have also been supported by Barclays Corporate.
We hope you enjoy reading about the region's biggest businesses and how they have innovated and grown or how they have weathered the on-going challenging economic climate.