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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 but more recently we have attracted over 300 guests every October to BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art to what has become an annual fixture on the North East business calendar.

For obvious reasons, an event in 2020 remains off the cards, but we published the ranked list of 50 companies in The Journal on 11th November. 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.

Keep checking back for updates and follow #Fastest50 on Twitter and LinkedIn for all the latest news.

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North East Fastest 50 Awards 2019

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  • "The world has changed so much because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but we remain as passionate as ever about promoting and supporting the North East business community. We wanted to continue to recognise the success and entrepreneurial spirit of the region’s businesses, both large and small in this years' Fastest 50 Awards.”

    Damien Charlton, Ward Hadaway
  • "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, Hellens Residential Limited
  • “It was a real surprise and honour for one of our businesses to win this award. Thanks to all at Ward Hadaway and The Journal for crunching the numbers during lockdown. Credit to our entire team that, 20 years into our journey, we are still in growth mode, proving that the North East is a great place to build a business. We hope younger businesses are inspired. If we can, you can.”

    Ian Baggett, Adderstone Group

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