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The Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 Awards were launched in 1998 with The Journal to celebrate the region's fastest-growing, privately-owned companies.

The first Awards was held in our boardroom. We now attract over 300 guests every October to BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art to what has become an annual fixture on the North East business calendar.

The latest awards were held on Friday 11th October 2019, congratulations to Northern Gas & Power who were crowned the North East’s fasting growing company overall, as well as taking the fastest growing large business (turnover £25m+) title.

NBT Group won the award for the fastest growing medium-sized business (turnover of between £10m-£25m), whilst Dunelm Geotechnical & Environmental were named fastest growing small business (turnover £1m-£10m).

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North East Fastest 50 Awards 2018

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  • "I feel pleased for Northern Gas and Power to be recognised with this award. It’s been a long journey and to win against such great North East businesses is a real honour, and a credit to the hard work of our teams in Gateshead and around the world.”

    Chris Batey, Global Finance Director of Northern Gas and Power
  • "It feels amazing to win this award again and I’m proud of the fact that after 110 years in business we are still in the top tier of companies in the North East. I’m also incredibly proud of the team that’s helped me achieve what I set out to achieve when I took over the business."

    Toby Bridges, Chair of NBT Group
  • "I feel pretty overawed to be honest. I wasn’t expecting it and I’m extremely pleased after all the efforts we’ve put into the business."

    James Huntingdon, Managing Director of Dunelm Geotechnical and Environmental

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