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When we went back to the roots of what the Fastest 50 is about – celebrating entrepreneurialism, highlighting business success, using those who have been there and done that to act as a guiding light – we felt hearing from a range of businesses sharing their experiences could inspire others.

So we commissioned a series of articles under the banner of Inspiring Growth; talking to some of those in our business community 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.

Our Inspiring Growth Stories

  • Next up in our 'Inspiring Growth in Yorkshire' series, Emma Digby, Partner at Ward Hadaway, talks to the Turner family, the driving force behind Turners Accident Repair, and number eight on Ward Hadaway’s 2021 Yorkshire Fastest 50 list.

  • In our latest 'Inspiring growth' story we talk to Twinkl’s Chief Operating Officer David Angrave alongside Nathan Bilton, Managing Associate at Ward Hadaway.

  • In our series ‘Inspiring Growth in Yorkshire’, we, alongside The Yorkshire Post Deputy Business Editor Greg Wright, talk to companies leading the way in the region.
    Here we speak to Wakefield-based Conservatory Outlet Group, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high-quality conservatories, windows, doors and home extensions.

  • In the latest of our new 2021 series, Inspiring Growth, Ward Hadaway, in partnership with The Journal, talks to business leaders from across the North East about their plans for accelerating success as the economy opens up again.

  • In our series ‘Inspiring Growth in Yorkshire’, we, along with The Yorkshire Post Deputy Business Editor Greg Wright, talk to companies leading the way in the region. This week we speak with the winners of the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards for 2021, Northern Monk Brewery.

  • Stuart Clarke

    We talk to Stuart Clarke, an advisor to several businesses through his Paceline PR consultancy, and director of the Leeds Digital Festival which fosters digital culture among the region’s business community, alongside Flora Mewies, a partner at Ward Hadaway.

  • Fentimans CEO Ian Bray

    We catch up with Ian Bray, chief executive at Hexham-headquartered Fentimans, alongside Phil Tompkins, a partner at Ward Hadaway, to discuss how taking stock, looking at what you’ve got and safeguarding the brand and the core business can inspire growth and profitability in the future.

  • As part of our ongoing series Inspiring Growth, The Journal talks to some of the region’s fastest growing businesses, shining a light on their incredible successes. Ryder managing partner Mark Thompson reveals how a never-ending desire for improvement has fuelled growth.

  • We talk to Black Sheep Brewery’s chief executive, Charlene Lyons, about the renowned brewer's response to the pandemic, alongside Jonathan Pollard, Corporate Partner at Ward Hadaway.

  • Ward Hadaway catches up with Blyth-based robotics firm Tharsus about how the pandemic inspired their latest innovation, Bump.

Fastest 50 Awards

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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 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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