Abbey Business Contracts wins Yorkshire Fastest 50 | 29 March 11

IT WAS a double celebration for Abbey Business Contracts at the Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards, organised and sponsored by law firm Ward Hadaway.

Roger Smallwood of Abbey Business Contracts

Double win - Roger Smallwood, finance director of Abbey Business Contracts, winner of fastest growing large business and overall fastest growing business at the Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards.

The Wetherby-based professional services supplier walked off with the awards for Fastest Growing Large Business and Overall Fastest Growing Business at the event at Leeds City Museum.

It was quite an achievement for a business which only started life in 2003.

Since then, Abbey Business Contracts has grown quickly and now supplies more than 150 pubs from Northumberland down to Wales with a range of professional services including site management, accounting, recruitment and training.

The company’s founders used their combined years of experience working for a range of blue chip companies and household name leisure groups to set up the business.

Abbey Business Contracts were not the only winners at the awards, organised and sponsored by top 100 UK law firm Ward Hadaway in association with the Yorkshire Post.

Frogtrade Ltd presented with their award

Winning ways - Frogtrade Limited presented with their award for Fastest Growing Small Business by (from left) Alex McWhirter of Finance Yorkshire, Bernard Ginns of the Yorkshire Post and Martin Hulls of Ward Hadaway.

Frogtrade Limited, a Halifax company which provides IT-based learning packages for schools, was named Fastest Growing Small Business for its impressive achievements.

The business, started in 1999, now has its applications established in over 80 local authorities and are being used by over a million people worldwide.

Quayside Distribution presented with their award

Proud moment - Quayside Distribution receive their award for Fastest Growing Medium-Sized Business.

Quayside Distribution, which is based in Grimsby, won the award for Fastest Growing Medium-Sized Business.

Established in 1997, it is now one of the UK’s leading full load transporters of fresh and frozen goods, as well as providing food storage facilities.

The winning companies were revealed before an audience of over 200 business leaders at Leeds City Museum.

Alex McWhirter, chief executive of the £90m Finance Yorkshire fund, was the special guest at the event and gave the keynote speech.

Yorkshire Post Business Editor Bernard Ginns introduced the awards, which reward profit-making privately-owned companies and organisations in the region which have shown the strongest sales growth over recent years.

Event sponsor Ward Hadaway has itself seen its operation in Leeds grow since it was established in 2008.

Martin Hulls, senior partner at the Leeds office of Ward Hadaway, said: “All the award winners and indeed every business in the Yorkshire Fastest 50 deserve special plaudits for their achievements over what has been a challenging time for the economy.

“All those on the list have performed fantastically well in a difficult economic climate and we salute their achievements.

“They are shining examples of success which show that companies in Yorkshire can compete not just on a national level but a global one too.

“I would like to thank everyone who came along to the awards for making it a very special occasion.”

* A video report on the awards can be found on the Yorkshire Post website at