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We can now reveal the winners of the 2019 Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 Awards.

At an Awards ceremony at the Royal Exchange Theatre on 10th May, Candour Logistics were crowned Greater Manchester’s fastest growing company overall, as well as taking the fastest growing large business (turnover £30m+) title.

Click here to view a picture gallery from the event.

Manchester-based software developer Godel Technologies won the award for the fastest growing medium-sized business (turnover of between £10m-£30m), whilst Antala Ltd were named fastest growing small business (turnover £1m-£10m)

The Fastest 50 list is ordered by average turnover growth, which has been assessed on a percentage increase based on the difference between turnover figures filed for the last three years.

Click below to find out more about our Fastest 50 companies, and how they ranked.

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1.

Candour Logistics

Fastest growing overall and large business

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From its base in Warrington, Candour Logistics offer logistics and freight forwarding services worldwide for customers ranging from SME's to PLC's.

Location: Warrington

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/18

Turnover (£000s): 45,746

Average turnover growth: 146.3%

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Godel Technologies

Fastest growing medium business

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This software development company makes it a hat-trick of appearances in the Fastest 50 list after finishing 19th in 2017 and 10th last year. Employing over 800 people at its offices in Manchester, London and Belarus, it has worked with companies including Jet2.com, Experian and The Trainline.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 13,853

Average turnover growth: 57.5%

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Antala Ltd

Fastest growing small business

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This company was established in 1999 and specialises in the sale and implementation of chemical products and specialised equipment for industrial companies.

Location: Stockport

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 6,023

Average turnover growth: 57.3%

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Inrix Holdings UK Ltd

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Founded in 2005, this organisation provides internet services and data mobility relating to road traffic and driver services.

Location: Altrincham

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 33,320

Average turnover growth: 54.9%

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CTS

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CTS offer a fully managed private cloud service tailored for law firms. They make it a hat-trick of appearances in the Greater Manchester Fastest 50 list after finishing 16th in 2017 and 8th in 2018.

Location: Daresbury

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 5,802

Average turnover growth: 54.7%

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Castlefield

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Headquartered in Manchester with further operations in the Midlands, London and the South East, and the South West, Castlefield are an investment and advisory businesses. They appear in the Greater Manchester Fastest 50 list for the third year in a row.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/08/2018

Turnover (£000s): 8,208

Average turnover growth: 48.1%

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Syncro Fire & Security Limited

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This business provides bespoke fire protection and security solutions to commercial and industrial businesses across the country.

Location: Warrington

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 7,094

Average turnover growth: 48.1%

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Neuven Solutions

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Neuven Solutions works to help companies reduce the cost of getting temporary agency and locum staff, acting as a ‘neutral vendor’ between employment agencies and businesses looking to bring in staff. It also provides auditing and training services. They last appeared in the Fastest 50 list in 2017.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/07/2017

Turnover (£000s): 130,071

Average turnover growth: 46.9%

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Amelia Knight

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Established in 1998, this organisation supply private label and branded cosmetics to retailers in the beauty industry around the world.

Location: Knutsford

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 29,063

Average turnover growth: 45.3%

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Forrest Fresh Foods

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This wholesale soft drinks and confectionary supplier deliver products nationwide from its Rochdale base.

Location: Rochdale

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/04/2018

Turnover (£000s): 36,460

Average turnover growth: 44.0%

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LEHVOSS UK Limited

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LEHVOSS UK are the UK subsidiary of Hamburg based Lehmanne Vosse Co. Since 1990 they have been supplying raw materials such as paint and coatings, rubber and personal care to a variety of sectors around the UK.

Location: Congleton

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 42,177

Average turnover growth: 43.2%

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Norwest Foods International

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Founded in 1998, this Knutsford based importer and exporter of fresh and frozen meats, now also has offices in Ireland, Poland, Spain, China, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and Morocco.

Location: Knutsford

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/10/2017

Turnover (£000s): 102,702

Average turnover growth: 42.2%

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Republic of Media

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This media agency count bet365, Magners, Highland Spring and Velux amongst their clients.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 69,283

Average turnover growth: 37.6%

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Chrystal Consulting

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This Manchester based organisation provides capital, lease and managed service related advisory services to over 100 Public Sector organisations. They were crowned last year's fastest growing large company.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 20,616

Average turnover growth: 37.4%

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Eccleston Homes

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This housebuilder broke Fastest 50 records last year by becoming the first company ever to win the overall fastest growing business trophy for two consecutive years.

Location: Warrington

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/10/2017

Turnover (£000s): 13,339

Average turnover growth: 37.1%

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Proseal UK Limited

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Proseal are a manufacturer of tray sealing machinery for the food industry. They also appeared in the 2016 and 2018 Fastest 50 lists.

Location: Adlington

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/01/2018

Turnover (£000s): 60,440

Average turnover growth: 36.8%

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Renaker Build Limited

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This real estate company, established in 2006, delivers large scale residential-led projects and currently have 2900 new homes under construction.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/10/2017

Turnover (£000s): 97,263

Average turnover growth: 36.3%

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Merlin Diesel Systems Ltd

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This company has over 70 years' experience of designing and manufacturing diesel injector and pump testing service equipment, working closely with Bosch, Delphi, Disno and VDO. They also have offices in London and China.

Location: Preston

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/07/2018

Turnover (£000s): 29,766

Average turnover growth: 35.9%

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Molloy Investments Limited

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This Cheadle based construction and civil engineering business also made the 2018 Fastest 50 list.

Location: Cheadle

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/04/2018

Turnover (£000s): 39,385

Average turnover growth: 35.4%

20.

Quint Group

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The Quint Group are an operator of fintech businesses with a presence in the USA, Poland, China, South Africa and Australia. This is the second year in a row they have made the Fastest 50 list.

Location: Macclesfield

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 34,969

Average turnover growth: 34.3%

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Orbital Education

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This company own and operate international schools around the world that deliver the English National Curriculum to students between the ages of 2-18.

Location: Cheadle

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/08/2017

Turnover (£000s): 27,767

Average turnover growth: 33.9%

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Wireless CCTV Ltd

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This Rochdale company manufactures redeployable CCTV, site security solutions and body worn cameras.

Location: Rochdale

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/07/2018

Turnover (£000s): 11,132

Average turnover growth: 33.5%

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St Pierre Groupe

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St Pierre Groupe (formally known as Carrs Foods) is a business which has partnerships with bakeries around the world to supply its brands which include Paul Hollywood Ready to Bake Breads. They return to the Fastest 50 list for the second year in a row.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 49,430

Average turnover growth: 32.9%

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Bryden Capital Ltd

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Bryden Capital Ltd is the parent company of the Bryden Capital group of companies who operate as a venture capitalist investment company as well as providing accountancy, HR and business administration services for a wide range of organisations.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 34,512

Average turnover growth: 32.4%

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T&K Gallagher Ltd

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This Salford company deliver and maintain turnkey solutions to provide water, gas, electricity and telecommunications supplies to their customers.

Location: Salford

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 94,913

Average turnover growth: 32.3%

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Cardinal Maritime

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This logistics company have been in operation for over 20 years and provide shipping import and export services, transport and warehousing, and air and road services.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 84,347

Average turnover growth: 31.4%

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PHMG

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This audio branding company has clients across the globe including Jaguar, Audi, Samsung and Adidas. This will be the fourth time they have made the Fastest 50 list.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 37,425

Average turnover growth: 31.3%

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American Essentials International Limited

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Oldham based American Essentials licence the rights to sell Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger socks worldwide and in North America respectively.

Location: Oldham

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 22,591

Average turnover growth: 31.2%

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Aptus Utilities

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Aptus Utilities make the Fastest 50 list for an impressive fourth year in a row. They design, build and install gas, water, electricity and street lighting infrastructure for housing developers and construction clients.

Location: Bolton

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 33,862

Average turnover growth: 30.6%

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Tiger Trailers Limited

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This family-owned company has been manufacturing trailers and vehicle bodies since 1952.

Location: Winsford

Date of last analysed accounts: 27/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 31,519

Average turnover growth: 30.0%

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IMS Euro Limited

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Suppliers of non-pharmaceutical medical products to doctors and veterinary surgeons, this Stockport based business make the Greater Manchester Fastest 50 list for the third year in a row.

Location: Stockport

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/07/2017

Turnover (£000s): 7,878

Average turnover growth: 29.9%

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Abbott Informatics

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This Sale based company deliver laboratory data management software solutions for a variety of sectors, including pharmaceutical and biotech, manufacturing, food and drink, public health and forensics.

Location: Sale

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 2,989

Average turnover growth: 29.7%

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DOMU Brands

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This online retailer sells a variety of lifestyle brands for the kitchen, home and garden, beauty storage, health and fitness and petware.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/06/2018

Turnover (£000s): 65,621

Average turnover growth: 29.5%

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34.

Spinney

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Spinney is a family run motorhome and caravan dealership, established in 1975. They finished 31st in the 2018 Fastest 50 list.

Location: Crewe

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/09/2017

Turnover (£000s): 28,660

Average turnover growth: 29.2%

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35.

Amoria Bond

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Established in 2006, this Manchester based recruitment consultant trade in over 40 countries from their UK base and specialise in the technology, SAP, energy, engineering, banking and finance and life sciences sectors.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/11/2017

Turnover (£000s): 51,223

Average turnover growth: 29.1%

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Ovalseal Limited

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A holding company, which through its subsidiaries, operates hospital and healthcare centres for people with functional mental illness and learning disabilities.

Location: Cheadle

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 12,861

Average turnover growth: 28.9%

37.

CorpAcq

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CorpAcq was formed in 2006 and are a corporate acquisitions and investments group with over 30 companies in their portfolio. They also made last year's Fastest 50 list.

Location: Altrincham

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 215,813

Average turnover growth: 28.9%

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EDM Ltd

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Another company to return to the list for a second year in a row are this Manchester based company who provide training simulators to the civil aviation, defence, rail and other industries.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 24,367

Average turnover growth: 28.6%

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Swansway Group Limited

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This family-owned business has more than 20 car and van dealerships across the North West, the Midlands and North Wales.

Location: Crewe

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 779,878

Average turnover growth: 28.5%

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The James Group

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Also in last year's Fastest 50 list, The James Group deals in the sale of cars and motor vehicles.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/10/2017

Turnover (£000s): 26,166

Average turnover growth: 28.0%

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Telesis Ltd

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Telesis return to the Fastest 50 list for the second year in a row. They have over 30 years of experience in the telecoms sector.

Location: Bolton

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/04/2018

Turnover (£000s): 8,069

Average turnover growth: 28.0%

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InXpress

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InXpress partner with DHL, UPS & UK Mail to provide courier services for their customers throughout the UK.

Location: Rochdale

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 4,215

Average turnover growth: 27.9%

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Venturi Limited

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This IT recruitment agency make it into the Fastest 50 list for an impressive fourth year in a row.

Location: Wilmslow

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 19,429

Average turnover growth: 27.8%

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MedTrade Products Limited

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Founded in 1999, MedTrade are a medical device and woundcare developer and manufacturer.

Location: Crewe

Date of last analysed accounts: 28/02/2018

Turnover (£000s): 32,155

Average turnover growth: 27.7%

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ASM Technologies Limited

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Winsford based ASM Technologies provide IT and technology based supplier rationalisation of non-core and non-focus hardware, software and services.

Location: Winsford

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 50,213

Average turnover growth: 27.5%

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Harry Peers Steelwork

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Established in 1933 this Bolton based company specialise in the project management, design, fabrication and erection of structural steelwork contracts within the petrochemical, process, pharmaceutical and nuclear industries.

Location: Bolton

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/04/2018

Turnover (£000s): 26,548

Average turnover growth: 27.5%

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Crown Oil Limited

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Established in 1928 when Harry Greensmith began selling lamp oil door to door in Heywood, Crown Oil now supply diesel, kerosene, industrial heating oil, domestic heating oil and lubricants nationwide.

Location: Bury

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/07/2018

Turnover (£000s): 197,549

Average turnover growth: 27.3%

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Kingsland Drinks

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This company dates back to 1844, with the production of wines and spirits beginning in 1955 when they became the first business to use the Manchester shipping canal to transport wine.

Location: Manchester

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/06/2017

Turnover (£000s): 263,174

Average turnover growth: 27.1%

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Sapphire Utility Solutions

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This company were founded in 2013 and work to maintain water, wastewater and gas utilities from their Preston base. They also made last year's Fastest 50 list.

Location: Preston

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/01/2018

Turnover (£000s): 20,049

Average turnover growth: 25.4%

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Medlock FRB Limited

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This specialist fit out, refurb and new-build contractor have their own bespoke joinery manufacturing facility. They were established in 2007.

Location: Oldham

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 39,357

Average turnover growth: 25.4%

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Small business – turnover between £1m – £10m
Medium business – turnover between £10m – £30m
Large business – turnover over £30m

The companies in this list have been selected as the fastest growing profit-making, private, regional companies, based on turnover growth.

Information has been compiled using data which is publicly available at Companies House of UK-listed companies before being independently verified.

The average turnover growth has been assessed on a percentage increase based on the difference between turnover figures filed for the last three years.

To qualify, companies must be trading entities and have turnover in excess of £1m in the last three years of filed accounts, which are up to date as at 31 January 2019. Companies must also have made profits in each of the past three years’ accounts and must have filed new accounts since last year’s Fastest 50.

Private limited companies which are subsidiaries of listed companies do not qualify. Subsidiaries of foreign-controlled companies have been accepted if they have headquarters or a decision-making function in the region.

Ward Hadaway, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the University of Salford Business School do not accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions.

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