23 Mar 2017
TODAY we start the countdown to the definitive list of Greater Manchester's fastest growing privately-owned companies as we launch the Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 Awards for 2017.
The Fastest 50, devised by leading North law firm Ward Hadaway and backed by Greater Manchester Business Week and the Manchester Evening News, identifies and champions companies across the region who have achieved the most impressive performances in growing their businesses.
The awards were started in 2014 and have already proved to be a resounding success.
The search has now started to find the 2017 winners as we compile the definitive list of the privately-owned profit-making businesses who have seen the biggest annual growth rate in their turnover.
This A to Z list will be published in Greater Manchester Business Week at the start of May. Then on May 19, a special event will see awards handed out to the fastest growing small, medium-sized and large businesses for companies with annual turnover of between £1m and £5m, between £5m and £15m and over £15m respectively.
One of those three winners will then receive the ultimate accolade of being crowned the overall fastest growing business in Greater Manchester for 2017.
Law firm Ward Hadaway is again organising and hosting the Greater Manchester Fastest 50.
The UK Top 100 law firm has itself experienced considerable growth since opening its Manchester office in 2012, adding to its operations in Leeds and Newcastle.
Paul Johnson (pictured), Executive Partner at Ward Hadaway’s Manchester office, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up again with Greater Manchester Business Week and the Manchester Evening News to launch the Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 for 2017.
“The event has really caught the imagination of the region’s business community and this year promises to be one of the most keenly contested awards yet.
“When we started the event in 2014, we wanted the Greater Manchester Fastest 50 to be a reflection of the vitality and vibrancy of the region’s business scene which we see on a daily basis working with our clients.
“It enables us to highlight and celebrate the tremendous work being done by companies right across the region in growing their businesses, attracting investment and creating wealth and jobs. It also underlines our ongoing commitment to the area and to further developing our practice here.
“With this year’s Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 Awards taking place just after the historic Greater Manchester Mayoral elections, it is set to further focus the spotlight on the region as a dynamic and trail-blazing place to be.”
Ward Hadaway has been running Fastest 50 award schemes for companies in the North East of England every year since 1998 and for companies in Yorkshire since 2011.
Jamie Martin, Managing Partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “As a Northern law firm for national business, we are fortunate to see at first hand the effort and innovation which companies right across the North demonstrate every day.
“The Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 is a great way to celebrate the achievements of those businesses who are setting the pace and seeing their turnover growing the fastest.
“The Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 Awards have been given a great reception since day one and so we are really looking forward to the 2017 Awards and to celebrating all that is business in business in this region.”
The Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 is compiled by independent economic researchers using publicly available data from Companies House.
The data is then verified before the definitive Fastest 50 list is published in Greater Manchester Business Week in May.
Shelina Begum, Business Editor at Greater Manchester Business Week, said: “The Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 has already proven its worth as a focus for business excellence in the region and as a way of highlighting the diversity of our economy.
“It is an ideal platform to celebrate the commercial world in Greater Manchester and the fantastic companies which we have here.
“Because it is based on turnover and there are categories for different-sized businesses, companies of all shapes and sizes can shine if they succeed in growing their businesses.
“The Greater Manchester Fastest 50 has already uncovered some great success stories so we look forward to what the 2017 Awards will bring.”
* Find out more about the Fastest 50.