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We can now reveal the winners of the 2019 Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 Awards.

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)

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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Northern Gas & Power

Fastest growing overall and large business

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This energy management consultancy and procurement company works with businesses to reduce the amount of energy they use and its wholesale cost.

Location: Gateshead

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 28,535*

Average turnover growth: 162.9%

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NBT Group

Fastest growing medium business

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Last year's fastest growing company overall return to the Fastest 50 list. They provide stock control through the use of storeroom management and intelligent vending machines.

Location: Killingworth

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/06/2018

Turnover (£000s): 13,259

Average turnover growth: 108.3%

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Adderstone 1993 Limited

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Adderstone 1993 Limited is a company that is part of the wider Adderstone Group of property investment, development, contracting and management businesses. They last appeared in the Fastest 50 list in 2016.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 15,945

Average turnover growth: 99.2%

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This designer menswear retailer has stores on Grainger Street in Newcastle, Glasgow and London as well as an online presence. They make the list for the fourth time in a row, after being crowned the regions fastest growing large company last year.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 101,051

Average turnover growth: 63.2%

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Cussins Limited

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Housebuilder Cussins make the list for a second year in a row, after being named the third fastest growing company in the large business category in 2018. Established in 1922, the first homes built by Philip Cussins still stand in Gosforth.

Location: Alnwick

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/09/2018

Turnover (£000s): 32,986

Average turnover growth: 52.6%

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Dunelm Geotechnical & Environmental

Fastest growing small business

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Returning to the Fastest 50 list for a second year in a row, Dunelm provide geotechnical investigation services, ranging from small-scale residential developments to large commercial and industrial developments.

Location: Durham

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2018

Turnover (£000s): 8,755

Average turnover growth: 44.0%

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Groundwork Services (Durham) Ltd

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Appearing in the Fastest 50 list for the second year in a row, this family run civil engineering contractor provides a range of civil engineering and bulk earthwork services, plant and machinery hire, as well as the construction of synthetic and natural grass playing surfaces.

Location: Durham

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/05/2018

Turnover (£000s): 17,548

Average turnover growth: 43.0%

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Total Resources (UK) Limited

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Total Resources were named the region's fastest growing small company at last year's Awards. They are a provider of temporary traffic management solutions, ranging from the design and installation of temporary traffic management schemes to portable lights.

Location: Boldon

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/07/2018

Turnover (£000s): 6,541

Average turnover growth: 41.8%

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Arcinova

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This contract development and manufacturing business works with global pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients on drug development with expertise in drug substance synthesis and manufacturing scale up, drug product manufacture, bioanalytical services and radiolabelling synthesis.

Location: Alnwick

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2018

Turnover (£000s): 10,502

Average turnover growth: 40.8%

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eMerchantPay

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This is the fifth time eMerchantPay have made the Fastest 50 list. They are a payment service provider, partner and specialist which provides international online payment processing services to merchants across the globe.

Location: North Shields

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/08/2018

Turnover (£000s): 63,259

Average turnover growth: 40.50%

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Ward Bros. (Steel) Ltd

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This Newcastle based company was established in 1974 and specialise in processing and recycling of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals. They also have offices in Sunderland and Darlington. They also appeared in the 2012 Fastest 50 list.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Date of last analysed accounts: 29/09/2018

Turnover (£000s): 41,717

Average turnover growth: 40.48%

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Lucion Services

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This company delivers risk and asbestos management services to businesses in multiple sectors across the country.

Location: Gateshead

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 21,440

Average turnover growth: 38.7%

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Newton Hall

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This hotel hosts weddings, private parties and corporate events.

Location: Alnwick

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/07/2018

Turnover (£000s): 7,946

Average turnover growth: 37.3%

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Royston Power Generation Limited

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Specialists in diesel power sales, repair and maintenance, this company also appeared in the 2008 and 2013 Fastest 50 lists.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Date of last analysed accounts: 28/02/2019

Turnover (£000s): 20,628

Average turnover growth: 34.1%

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Heliguy

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Drone specialists Heliguy supply a range of drones, gimbals, accessories and cameras, as well as offering sales advices, equipment, support, training, loss adjustment assessment and insurance advice.

Location: North Shields

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/07/2018

Turnover (£000s): 6,447

Average turnover growth: 31.3%

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Process Control Equipment

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This family-run business began in 1980 and is a supplier to the petrochemical, oil and gas, power, pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries.

Location: Stockton-on-Tees

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/06/2018

Turnover (£000s): 20,882

Average turnover growth: 30.9%

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JT Atkinson

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This family owned independent builder’s merchant has over 150 years’ experience in the supply of building materials, with 29 branches located throughout the North of England. The company also appeared in the Fastest 50 last year and 2011.

Location: Middlesbrough

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 72,857

Average turnover growth: 30.6%

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Merit

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This engineering and construction company offer a complete turnkey solution which includes design and build, feasibility studies, complete civils and structural construction, HVAC, M+E, process systems design & installation, equipment move-in and hook-up and basic office construction and furniture installation. They also appeared in the Fastest 50 list in 2009 and were large company winners in 2008.

Location: Cramlington

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 47,356

Average turnover growth: 30.2%

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Sweetdreams Ltd

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This family business has been manufacturing confectionery in the North East for over 30 years. Their products include the well-known brand, Choc Nibbles.

Location: Cramlington

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/08/18

Turnover (£000s): 1,708

Average turnover growth: 30.11%

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SaleCycle

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This behavioural marketing software company was founded in 2010 has clients including French Connection, Hertz and Nike.

Location: Houghton-le-Spring

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 15,037

Average turnover growth: 29.6%

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Scott Logic

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This company creates software applications for clients in a range of sectors including finance, energy, healthcare and oil and gas. They mark a hatrick of appearances in the Fastest 50 this year.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 21,771

Average turnover growth: 27.841%

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Maxim Facilities Management Ltd

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This Sunderland headquarted facilities management company works with a range of private and public sector clients and also has offices in Motherwell, Bradford and Swindon.

Location: Sunderland

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/11/2017

Turnover (£000s): 7,622

Average turnover growth: 27.837%

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Templeman Retailing & Vending Limited

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From its headquarters on the Team Valley, Templeman supply vending machines and are suppliers of soft drinks, confectionery, snacks and teas and coffees to wholesalers, cash and carrys and foodservice outlets. This is their third appearance in the Fastest 50.

Location: Gateshead

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 28,823

Average turnover growth: 27.79%

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DFP Services Limited

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DFP return to the Fastest 50 list for the second year in a row. They provide fire alarm systems, gas, plumbing and heating services throughout the country, from their Durham HQ and two regional hubs, in Leeds and Manchester.

Location: Durham

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2018

Turnover (£000s): 5,166

Average turnover growth: 26.6%

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Komatsu

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This manufacturer last appeared in the Fastest 50 list in 2008. They make medium-size and large crawler excavators and working gear excavators.

Location: Chester le Street

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 191,091

Average turnover growth: 26.1%

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Katmex Holdings Limited

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Holding company for Katmex Ltd and Katmex Seaham Ltd who specialise in supplying the heavy earthmoving and construction machine manufacturers around Europe. Parts supplied are mostly for use in the manufacture of excavators, dumptrucks, backloaders, loading shovels, fork lifts and cranes.

Location: Stockton-on-Tees

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/09/2018

Turnover (£000s): 17,457

Average turnover growth: 25.40%

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Crafter's Companion

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Sara Davies, now a Dragon on BBC2's Dragons Den, started this company whilst at university. As well as a range of crafting tools, their product range has grown to include stamps, dies, colouring mediums and fabrics and sewing tools. They now have over 190 staff and have just opened an office in California.

Location: Newton Aycliffe

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 23,994

Average turnover growth: 25.39%

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28.

Geoffrey Robinson

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This family business was founded in 1971 and has grown to be one of the region's largest mechanical and electrical building services contractors.

Location: Billingham

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 15,633

Average turnover growth: 25.1%

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Powertool World

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Family owned Powertool World began in 1998, when founder Chris Guy started out selling fittings and fixings to job sites. Seeing a gap in the market for quick access to power tools, he added them to his portfolio before moving online due to demand.

Location: Newton Aycliffe

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/06/2018

Turnover (£000s): 12,141*

Average turnover growth: 25.03%

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Workwear Express

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Returning to the Fastest 50 list for an incredible sixth year in a row, Workwear Express has grown to become a major supplier of more than 7,000 workwear and related products to over 200,000 customers across the UK and overseas.

Location: Durham

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 15,630

Average turnover growth: 25.01%

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Fentimans

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With a 100 year history since the first Fentimans ginger beer was brewed, this family business now makes and supplies a range of 35 soft drinks, mixers and pre-mixed alcoholic drinks and craft beers. They last appeared in the Fastest 50 list in 2009.

Location: Hexham

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 30,076*

Average turnover growth: 24.7%

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Washington Metalworks

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Based in Gateshead this company offer sheet metal fabrication services, including Laser Cutting, CNC Punching, CNC Machining and Powder Coating capabilities.

Location: Gateshead

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 14,835

Average turnover growth: 23.9%

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It's All Good Limited

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This premium snack manufacturer makes tortilla chips, as well as it award-winning Manomasa snack range for major UK retailers.

Location: Gateshead

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2018

Turnover (£000s): 27,410

Average turnover growth: 23.3%

34.

tombola

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tombola and its associated companies have been involved in bingo for 50 years, initially supplying tickets to bingo halls. They are one of the leading players in the UK online bingo market, also launching online sites in Spain and Italy. This is the seventh time they have made the Fastest 50 list.

Location: Sunderland

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/04/2018

Turnover (£000s): 90,297

Average turnover growth: 23.21%

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Ionbond UK Limited

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Ionbond is a global supplier of PVD, PACVD, CVD and CVA coating technology from offices worldwide.

Location: Consett

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2019

Turnover (£000s): 5,885

Average turnover growth: 23.20%

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Whitehead Alloys Ltd

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Whitehead Alloys are manufacturers of deox aluminium and specification aluminium ingots.

Location: Middlesbrough

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/08/2018

Turnover (£000s): 18,046

Average turnover growth: 21.8%

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Exwold Technology Limited

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Established in 1992, this company formulates and processes speciality chemicals for multi-national chemical and agrochemical companies.

Location: Hartlepool

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/09/2018

Turnover (£000s): 11,286

Average turnover growth: 21.7%

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FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited

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This contract development and manufacturing organisation has offices in the UK, USA and Denmark, and works with other businesses in the pharmaceutical industry to develop and manufacture recombinant proteins, viral vaccines and gene therapies.

Location: Billingham

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 81,400

Average turnover growth: 21.11%

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Alexander Technologies

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This company, which was founded over 40 years ago, design and manufacture rechargeable batteries, chargers and battery maintenance equipment.

Location: Peterlee

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2018

Turnover (£000s): 11,819

Average turnover growth: 21.06%

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A&J Scott

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This family owned independent sawmill was established in 1960 and supplies timber for a variety of uses in outdoor and garden products, fencing, landscaping, DIY and pallet and packaging sectors. They are also a timber merchant, providing hardwood logs.

Location: Alnwick

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2018

Turnover (£000s): 34,224

Average turnover growth: 20.8%

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Cleveland Cable Company

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This cable supplier was founded in 1978 and now employs over 450 staff across eight branches around the country. They were ranked third in the 2009 Fastest 50 list.

Location: Middlesbrough

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/04/2018

Turnover (£000s): 310,102

Average turnover growth: 20.4%

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Tyne Gangway

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Established in 1934, this company design and manufacture marine access equipment, including aluminium gangways, accommodation ladders, shore based pedestrian access equipment and special structures.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/04/2018

Turnover (£000s): 3,245

Average turnover growth: 20.15%

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Thomas Sherriff and Co Limited

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Thomas Sherriff & Co was first established as a machinery manufacturer and dealer in 1816. The groundcare division of Sherriffs started selling and servicing John Deere commercial and consumer equipment in 1988 from seven branches throughout the country.

Location: Hexham

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/01/2018

Turnover (£000s): 28,940

Average turnover growth: 20.09%

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Saft Batteries

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This battery manufacturer supplies a range of sectors including oil and gas, aerospace and defence and utilities.

Location: South Shields

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2017

Turnover (£000s): 12,000

Average turnover growth: 20.002%

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IKM Testing UK Limited

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IKM Testing were crowned the regions fastest growing company back at the 2012 Awards. They provide pipeline pre-commissioning, commissioning and maintenance services to local and global onshore and offshore clients.

Location: Cramlington

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2018

Turnover (£000s): 22,029

Average turnover growth: 20.0%

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Hodgson Fish

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Appearing in the Fastest 50 list for a sixth time are this Hartlepool based fish merchants. Established in 1916, this family run business supplies seafood to hotels and restaurants throughout the North of England.

Location: Hartlepool

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/11/2017

Turnover (£000s): 15,771

Average turnover growth: 19.9%

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Mediaworks

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Digital marketing agency Mediaworks return to the Fastest 50 list after last appearing in 2015, when they were crowned the region's fastest growing small company.

Location: Gateshead

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 3,811

Average turnover growth: 19.1%

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Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK)

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This company supplies mini, medium, large and wheeled excavators, wheel loaders, parts, servicing and 24/7 support to the UK and Irish construction industry, with national coverage from its ten depots and appointed sub-dealers in Ireland. They also appeared in the Fastest 50 list in 2014 and 2015.

Location: Hebburn

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/03/2018

Turnover (£000s): 212,452

Average turnover growth: 19.0%

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Polar Krush

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Another business returning to the Fastest 50 list for a second year in a row, Polar Krush are a manufacturer of iced drinks and iced drinks machines, with over 25 years of experience in the market.

Location: Ashington

Date of last analysed accounts: 31/12/2018

Turnover (£000s): 3,730

Average turnover growth: 18.6%

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DC Handrails and Ironwork Parts

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This company make the Fastest 50 list for an impressive fifth year in a row. Family run, since 1997, they supply wrought iron and handrail components throughout the UK.

Location: Swalwell

Date of last analysed accounts: 30/06/2018

Turnover (£000s): 3,411

Average turnover growth: 18.0%

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* figures have been calculated pro-rata

Small business – turnover between £1m – £10m
Medium business – turnover between £10m – £25m
Large business – turnover over £25m

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 and 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 30 June 2019. Companies must also have made profits in each of the past three years’ accounts. Companies returning to the list must have filed new accounts since last years awards.

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 and The Journal do not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions.

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