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The Fastest 50 is an initiative run by Ward Hadaway which recognises outstanding business achievement by companies across the North of England.

It highlights and celebrates the achievements of fast-growing, profitable companies in the North East, Yorkshire and the North West by compiling and publishing annual lists of the 50 fastest growing privately-owned businesses in each of those three regions.

Ward Hadaway has been holding Fastest 50 Awards in the North East since 1998, in Yorkshire since 2011 and in Greater Manchester since 2014, reflecting the firm’s offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester.

The characteristics of Fastest 50 companies – ambition, talent, hard work and determination – are what we aim to exemplify in the work which we do with businesses.

As people who see at first hand what it takes to make a successful company, we want those efforts to be recognised and celebrated on a wider scale, which is exactly what the Fastest 50 does.

Individual awards are made to small, medium-sized and large companies to ensure that as many levels of business as possible are recognised and rewarded.

It also reflects our commitment to all kinds of companies and the fact that we provide legal support to businesses of all types, from SMEs and owner-managed businesses to large corporates and multi-nationals.

Growing businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and form an integral part of our work at Ward Hadaway and we look forward to working with many more in the years to come.


The search to find the fastest growing companies in Greater Manchester and the surrounding area for 2017 has now been launched. Keep checking this page for further updates as we get closer to the awards on May 19.

Search hots up to find Greater Manchester’s fast growers


The winners of the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards for 2017 have now been revealed. For a full report on all the winners and the awards event, please click here. For video highlights of the awards event, please click below.

For a special 12-page supplement on the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards 2017, please click here.

Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 2017 – the A to Z list

Yorkshire Fastest 50 ‘an opportunity to share success’

Yorkshire ‘ideally placed’ to be fintech hotspot

Transport decisions ‘key for next generation’

Devolution ‘alive and kicking’ in Yorkshire

Translation company entrepreneur is Yorkshire Fastest 50 guest speaker

Search starts for Yorkshire’s fastest growing companies


The Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 Awards for 2016 have been announced. Please click here for a report on the winners.

North East Fastest 50 2016 A to Z

Devolution ‘can still shape future prosperity’

Brexit set to have major effect on future Fastest 50

Sage Northern Europe Executive Vice President to be Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 guest speaker

Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 success goes global

Launch of the Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 for 2016

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