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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 North East Fastest 50 Award winners were revealed on 4th November. Click here to view the full list.
  • The North West Fastest 50 Award winners were revealed on our LinkedIn channel on Thursday 13 October at 12:30. Click here to view the full list.
  • The Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards will return in March 2023.

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

North East

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 Awards. Click the link below to view the full list.

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North West

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Ward Hadaway North West Fastest 50 Awards. Click the link below to view the full list.

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Yorkshire

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards. Click the link below to view the full list.

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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 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 Yorkshire

Launched in 2010, the Yorkshire 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 latest winners

  • It’s amazing to win not just one award, but two. We’re hugely invested in the region, especially in supporting the local Gateshead community and attracting talent from across the North East. We’re very grounded, it’s a key component of our culture, and that quality has enabled us to continue to grow from a start up to a sizable business today. The awards are so important in shining a light on all the fantastic work businesses are doing the region - and it’s great to be a part of it.

    Rich Snowdon, Head of Studio at Coatsink
  • We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award from Ward Hadaway and we congratulate all of the finalists on their achievements. It is the same passion to deliver exceptional service, quality and value every day to our customers that also underpins how we do things, ensuring our people, community and environment remain at the centre of our family values. We have just celebrated our 30-year family anniversary and while I reflect with pride on the achievements to date, I am more excited about the continuing IMS Euro story and bringing our exceptional service, quality and value to more customers across all healthcare sectors.

    Durgham Shamot, Owner & CEO of IMS Euro
  • It’s humbling to win such a highly regarded award in Yorkshire, we’re very proud and it is a testament to the hard work our staff and management have put in over the last few years. We are incredibly proud to be a Yorkshire business.

    Dominic Ford, Operations Director at Ivegate