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Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 is revealed

TODAY we reveal the businesses which have made it into the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 for 2018, the comprehensive list of the region's fastest-growing companies.

Philip Jordan, a Partner in Ward Hadaway’s Leeds office

Organised by leading law firm Ward Hadaway and backed by The Yorkshire Post, the list highlights and celebrates the achievements of the profitable, privately-owned companies in the region which have grown their turnover by the largest amount in recent years.

This year’s Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 spans a wide range of sectors from construction companies and car dealerships to manufacturers and retailers.

Philip Jordan, a Partner in Ward Hadaway’s Leeds office, said: “We are very proud to present the eighth Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 which once again has produced a diverse mix, but with one common thread in that they all have a passion to see Yorkshire succeed.

“The list demonstrates the sheer variety of companies who are succeeding in growing their businesses, creating jobs and prosperity and attracting investment into the region.

“It is these companies which are the growth drivers of the Yorkshire economy and they deserve the accolades and the attention which being in the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 brings them.

“This year’s list is impressive. All of those listed have consistently grown their businesses over a number of years whilst remaining profitable – something which we can all celebrate.”

The 2018 Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 has been compiled and verified using publicly available information from Companies House.

Following today’s publication of the full A to Z list, the Fastest 50 Awards will take place at Aspire in Leeds on Friday March 16th when the winners will be revealed.

Awards will be given to the fastest growing small, medium and large business with one of these three winners going on to be named the overall fastest growing Yorkshire business for 2018.

This year, Sir Keir Starmer, the Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, will speak at the event.

Here is the Fastest 50 for 2018 in alphabetical order:

AllGas 1 Ltd, Barnsley

AllGas 1 Ltd is a Yorkshire-based specialist supplier and maintainer of gas and electrical appliances and accessories. The company provides domestic gas metering installation, replacement, repair and associated support services throughout the UK. This includes policy meter exchanges, gas escapes and meter faults.

Andrews & Sons (Marbles & Tiles) Ltd

A.Andrews & Sons (Marbles & Tiles) Ltd is a hard wall and floor tiling contractor established in 1886.

A-SAFE, Elland

A-SAFE of Elland invented the first fixed polymer safety barrier in 2001 and manufactures them for the industrial workplace.

 Atlas Leisure Homes, Hull

Atlas Leisure Homes has its head office in Hull and has been designing holiday homes for more than 30 years.

Awesome Merchandise, Leeds

Awesome Merchandise in Leeds makes custom merchandise all in-house, including T-shirts for bands, stickers for artists, banners for events and more. The company was set up in 2005 after its founder began making badges so he could get through university.

Azzure IT, Sheffield

Sheffield-based Azzure IT were last year’s small business winners. Rated as the UK’s leading Microsoft Gold Partner, Azzure IT is a specialist provider of Microsoft Dynamics solutions with over 20 years’ experience implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions.

Beechwood Leisure, Thirsk

Beechwood Leisure in Thirsk is a family owned and run used caravan dealership which was established in 1992.

Beverley Funerals Limited, Beverley

Founded in 2012, Beverley Funerals Limited is located in Beverley, Yorkshire. The company provides a bespoke service, tailored to its clients’ needs.

Bonus Electrical, Leeds

Founded by Eric Boanas in 1962, Bonus Electrical began as a standard independent electrical wholesaler. It has grown over the years and now has branches across Yorkshire and a national distribution centre in Kingswood. It also offers local, national and international delivery.

 Carnaby Caravans Limited, Bridlington

Bridlington-based Carnaby Caravans was set up in 1976 and is a retailer offering luxury accommodation for families.

Castle Employment, Scarborough

Recruitment company Castle Employment is in the list for the second year in a row. With offices in Scarborough, Leeds and York, the company provides temporary, permanent and contract staff for businesses across a range of sectors throughout the UK.

Caval, Leeds

This is the third year in a row Caval of Leeds has appeared in the list. The construction recruitment specialist operates across a range of sectors. Clients include Laing O’Rourke, Bellway and Interserve.

Classic & Sportscar Centre, Malton

Classic & Sportscar Centre (formerly Grundy Mack) is a classic car dealership which is now in its 26th year of business. The company buys and sells classic, vintage and collectors cars.

CNG (Group) Limited, Harrogate

The subsidiary of the group, Contract Natural Gas, has appeared in the list four times. The business offers gas tariffs to suit companies of any size. CNG was established in 1994 and has developed into a major player in the SME gas market.

Concorde BGW Group, Doncaster

With roots dating back to the 1960s, Concorde BGW Group is best-known for its design and build projects in the leisure and hospitality sectors. The team has created spaces and buildings on everything from military bases to residential developments.

 Consult Search & Selection, Sheffield

Founded in 2003, Consult Search & Selection are recruiters of commercial and clinical roles within the dental, audiology, medical devices, animal health and scientific markets in the UK and internationally.

 Cover Structure, Leeds

A family business established in 1991 by Frank Quinlan, Cover Structure has more than 30 years of experience, providing cladding and glazing solutions for the public sector, leisure and industrial and commercial sectors.

Dunnington Electricals Ltd, Harrogate

Dunnington Electricals specialises in industrial and commercial electrical projects, alongside public sector schemes such as schools, medical centres and community buildings.

East Riding Sacks Limited, York

Paper sack company East Riding Sacks Ltd is a manufacturer of multi-wall paper sacks. Based in Stamford Bridge, York, its production facility has the capacity to manufacture and distribute up to 150,000,000 paper sacks per year.

F & G Holdings, Barnsley

The company provides truck servicing, new and used truck sales and genuine truck parts for a wide range of makes and models.

The Green Group, Maltby

The Green Group has 25 years of experience and is a collective of established companies with business interests including logistics, pallet network, international and serviced offices.

Healthcare 21, Leeds

Set up in 2003, Healthcare 21 operates across the UK, Germany, Austria and Ireland. The company is a supplier of healthcare solutions, including medical devices, equipment and services to enhance patient care.

Hesco Bastion, Leeds

Hesco Bastion has now appeared in the list for the second year in a row. The company designs and manufactures rapidly deployable barrier systems as well as armour, flood barriers and protective structures. Since 1991, the company’s products have been deployed in a range of hostile environments, including at the UK base in Afghanistan.

Hisense UK Limited, Leeds

Hisense UK Limited was set up in 2012 and were last year’s large and overall winners. Hisense UK Ltd is a Leeds-based subsidiary of China-based Hisense Company Ltd, an electronics and consumer goods manufacturer. Products include televisions, refrigerators, freezers, laundry units, tablet computers and mobile phones.

J Rotherham, York

J Rotherham is a specialist stone masons, offering stone fireplaces, kitchen worktops and architectural and designer stonework. The company was founded in 1927 by former quarryman and founding master mason, Henry Rotherham.

Kaye Aluminium (Holdings) Limited, Doncaster

Kaye Aluminium (Holdings) produces aluminium profiles for the building, electronic and automotive market sectors.

 Kelkay, Goole

Founded more than 15 years ago, Kelkay is a family business which creates garden landscaping products. The company manufactures and distributes decorative aggregates, paving and water features through gardening retailers in the UK.

Logical Personnel Solutions, Leeds

Logical is a recruitment and manpower provision business, operating nationwide, offshore and internationally through its network of offices. Founded in 2006, the business has diversified over the years into the construction, facilities management, logistics, manufacturing, training, fleet solutions and energy and process markets.

 Millgate Connect Limited, Sheffield

In July 1996, Millgate opened its first office in South Yorkshire providing IT and communication solutions for businesses nationwide.

Orbital Umbrella Limited, Barnsley

Since 2008 Orbital has supported UK-based contract workers engaged on agency assignments, by providing PAYE and self-employed payroll options.

Patrington Haven Leisure Park, Hull

Patrington Haven Leisure Park was started by Graham Sparkes in 1984 and is still owned and operated by the Sparkes family. Originally Patrington Haven Leisure Park was known as RAF Patrington.

PAW (Holdings) Limited, Skipton

Founded by Alan Walker in 2001 and headquartered in Skipton, North Yorkshire, PAW is a designer, manufacturer and installer of pre-engineered light gauge building systems.

Peter Ward Homes, Beverley

Peter Ward Homes is an independent housebuilder in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

Priestley Homes, Leeds

Priestley Homes is a developer specializing in the conversion of historic buildings. The company has projects across Leeds, Bradford, Manchester and Liverpool. They include The Grand Mill and Quebec Street in Bradford and Kirkstall Design Centre in Leeds.

Production Park, Wakefield

Founded in July 2009, Production Park offers 300,000 sq ft of Live Events space in South Kirkby, Wakefield. It is home to Backstage Academy, a training facility created for the live events industry. The institute provides training for the next generation of Live Events professionals.

 Pure Retirement, Leeds

Pure Retirement is a Leeds-based mortgage lender with experience in the equity release market.

Redline Specialist Cars, Knaresborough

Redline Specialist Cars of Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, stocks a huge selection of sports cars, supercars and performance cars as well as prestige and 4×4 vehicles.

RN Wooler & Co Ltd, Keighley

RN Wooler also appeared in the 2015 list. The company has undertaken a range of construction and civil engineering projects from a classroom remodelling to a multi-million pound new-build hotel.

Roy Hatfield Group, Rotherham

A family-owned company, the Roy Hatfield Group has been located in the Yorkshire region for more than 45 years. It has four main areas of operation, the Metals and Minerals division, Hatfield Energy Ltd, gypsum recycling and industrial and environmental services.

 Scan-Thors (UK) Limited, Keighley

Founded in 1990, Scan-Thors (UK) is a mail-order wholesale business based in Keighley.

Sigma, Castleford

Sigma has more than 20 years’ experience, provides supply, consolidation, management and re-use of fixtures and fittings as well as shop fitting and project management for retailers. They also appeared in last year’s Fastest 50 list.

SmartSearch, Leeds

In 2004 the company created one of the first electronic individual Anti Money Laundering (AML) verification services. Today it delivers Anti Money Laundering (AML) searches and verifications on individuals and businesses across the UK and international markets.

SWARCO Traffic Ltd, Richmond

SWARCO Traffic Ltd is part of the SWARCO group and manufactures technology products for urban, motorway, public transport, and parking applications. Its manufacturing facility is based in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

 Team17, Wakefield

Established 24 years ago, this Wakefield company has released over 70 games across numerous gaming platforms with sales in excess of 65 million units. This is the second year in a row the company has appeared in the list.

 TEF Transport Limited, Bridlington

TEF Transport is a Scarborough-based Logistics Company with a fleet of 34 tractor units, 60 trailers and 12 rigid vehicles ranging from vans to 1.7 tonne and 26 tonne vehicles. It has 70,000 sq. ft. of warehousing space with BRC Accredited warehousing system, which works in conjunction with a traffic management system.

Terberg DTS (UK) Ltd, Elland

Founded in 2000, Terberg DTS is a supplier of specialist vehicles and support for the seaport, distribution and aviation sectors. Its portfolio includes yard and terminal tractors, off highway container chassis and roll trailers, mobile harbour cranes and ground support equipment for the aviation markets.

 The Harris Partnership, Wakefield

The Harris Partnership is a national architectural practice in the commercial field undertaking commissions throughout the UK on all building types via five regional offices. This is the second year in a row it has appeared in the list.

 The Tex Services Group, Leeds

The Tex Services Group Ltd is a leading facilities service, maintenance and repair company based in Leeds. The group provides services for commercial and domestic needs.

 Verona, Leeds

Founded as The Mosaic Tile Company in 1999, the company is a distributor of tiles and mosaics in natural stone, glass, porcelain and ceramic. It has strong relationships with some of the world’s leading quarries and manufacturers.

Wilsons Furnishers (Holdings) Limited, Rotherham

A family business, Wilsons Furnishers was established in 1968 and is a stockist of flooring across South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.


The companies in this list have been selected from the table of 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 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 £1,000,000 in the last three years of filed accounts, which are up to date as at 31 December 2017. 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 and The Yorkshire Post do not accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions.

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