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Launched in 1998, the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards celebrate outstanding business achievement in the North East, Yorkshire and the North West.

Obviously events remain off the cards, but we published the ranked list of North East Fastest 50 companies in The Journal on 11th November 2020. Click here to view the list in full.

When we went back to the roots of what the Fastest 50 is about – celebrating entrepreneurialism, highlighting business success, using those who have been there and done that to act as a guiding light – we felt hearing from a range of businesses sharing their experiences could inspire others.

So we commissioned a series of articles under the banner of Inspiring Growth; talking to some of those in our business community about both their past growth and success, but also about how they have responded to the pandemic.

We hope this proves to be both inspirational and valuable for those who are facing their own business challenges. And we will continue to adapt the Fastest 50 to the circumstances in which we find ourselves, to bring encouragement, positivity and inspiration to the business communities that we serve.

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  • "We are absolutely delighted to have won this award. By growing the business at pace, we feel we have been able to make a real difference to the quality and choice of affordable homes available across the region. We aim to provide excellent customer service and this award is a reflection of the hard work put in by our dedicated management team. We are very proud of the close relationship we have with our customers and are currently particularly focused on supporting them during the COVID-19 pandemic."

    Kate Hellens, Managing Director of Hellens Residential Limited
  • “We are absolutely delighted to have won the fastest growing business in Yorkshire, especially given the stiff and high quality competition from our fellow Yorkshire businesses!"

    Dan Spencer, CEO of Torsion Group
  • "I’m stunned and completely over the moon to have won this award. This is a big accolade. The company is only four years old and it’s been a great journey with many sacrifices along the way, but things like this make it worthwhile."

    John Keary, Managing Director of Candour Logistics

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