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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.

The Yorkshire Fastest 50 will return in March 2022.

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

The results - see the Fastest 50 rankings

Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 North East The Journal

North East

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 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 2021 Ward Hadaway North West Fastest 50 Awards, announced on 17th June 2021. Click the link below to view the full list.

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Our awards

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 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 North West

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

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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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Our previous winners

  • “We’re delighted to be named the winner of the Fastest 50 Large and Overall business categories which is a credit to our people, our partners, our suppliers and investors. It’s great to be recognised for our innovation, growth and passion to succeed.”

    Mark Rutherford, Managing Director of Alexander Technologies Europe Limited
  • We are delighted to have won the North West Fastest Growing Business Award. Since its inception in 2017, ME Group has achieved continued strong growth and this award is testament to the hard work and commitment of everybody in our business… We look forward to a very exciting future.

    Rob Cooper, Chief Executive of ME Group
  • We’re absolutely delighted to be named the overall winner of Ward Hadaway’s Fastest 50 growing companies in Yorkshire. It means even more to me, and every single member of the talented, dedicated and resilient Northern Monk team, to come top of the list during the extremely challenging year all Yorkshire businesses have experienced.

    Russell Bisset, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Northern Monk
  • Winning the Fastest 50 Award for the large fastest growing business in Yorkshire is a great acknowledgement of the 20 years that we have been established in the region. It recognises the hard work that our team has put in to grow the business - especially over the last three years - and reaffirms that our financial stability has given us a great platform for growth. It also inspires the team to do it again in 2021!

    James Gunson, Managing Director of CSI Leasing UK Limited