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Launched in 1998, the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards celebrate outstanding business achievement in the North East, Yorkshire and North West.

Each year we objectively compile lists of the 50 privately-owned, profitable organisations that have seen the biggest average annual growth rate in their turnover in each of these three regions. We then crown the fastest growing small, medium, large and overall company at our Awards ceremonies.

Growing businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and we want their efforts to be recognised and celebrated on a wider scale, which is exactly what the Fastest 50 does.

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

Our awards

Fastest 50 North East

Launched in 1998 with The Journal, the North East Fastest 50 Awards celebrate the region's fastest-growing, privately-owned companies.

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Fastest 50 Yorkshire

Launched in 2010, the Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards celebrate the region's fastest-growing, privately-owned companies.

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Fastest 50 North West

Launched in 2014, the North West Fastest 50 Awards celebrate the region's fastest-growing, privately-owned companies.

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The results - see the Fastest 50 rankings

Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 North East The Journal

North East

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 Awards. Click the link below to view the full list

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Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 North East - Yorkshire post

Yorkshire

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards. Click the link below to view the full list

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North West

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Ward Hadaway North West Fastest 50 Awards. Click the link below to view the full list

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Fastest 50 criteria

The Fastest 50 list is objectively compiled using data sourced from Companies House and ranked by the biggest average annual growth in turnover.

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History of the Fastest 50

Starting over 20 years ago, the Fastest 50 has celebrated the success and achievements of hundreds of businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and the North West regions.

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Inspiring Growth

We have commissioned a series of articles talking to some of those in our business communities 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.

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Latest Fastest 50 news

Our previous winners

  • 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
  • “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 at Northern Gas and Power
  • “We are absolutely delighted to have won the fastest growing business in Yorkshire, especially given the stiff and high quality competition from our fellow Yorkshire businesses!"

    Dan Spencer, CEO of Torsion Group
  • "I’m stunned and completely over the moon to have won this award. This is a big accolade. The company is only four years old and it’s been a great journey with many sacrifices along the way, but things like this make it worthwhile."

    John Keary, Managing Director of Candour Logistics