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The Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 Awards were launched in 1998 with The Journal to celebrate the region's fastest-growing, privately-owned companies.

Each year we objectively compile a list of the region’s Top 50 fastest growing businesses. These organisations are the lifeblood of the economy and the Fastest 50 provides the perfect opportunity to recognise the North East’s key players in business and celebrate them on a wider scale.

The Fastest 50 champions regional companies, highlighting success and innovation, to inspire those who work in business.

The Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 for 2023 was revealed on 13th October.

Congratulations to Re:Gen North East Limited who were crowned the North East’s Fastest Growing Business for 2023, as well as taking the Fastest Growing Medium Business (turnover between £10m and £30m) title. Double Eleven Limited won the award for the Fastest Growing Large Business (turnover over £30m), whilst Aspect Facades Limited were named Fastest Growing Small Business (turnover less than £10m).

We are delighted to reveal this incredible line-up of businesses. Collectively, these 50 regional powerhouses are projecting a story of sustained growth in tough times through innovation, efficiency and skills. They really are the heroes of the region’s economy!

Click below to find out more about our Fastest 50 companies and how they ranked.

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

The Awards

Photos from the Awards

2022's 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
  • It’s an honour to win a fastest growing business award which is testament to the team we’ve created, the talent we’ve developed and how we’ve empowered our people to lead from the front. The awards are a breath of fresh air in this permacrisis period we find ourselves living through. It’s good to celebrate success and look positively to the future.

    Bill Griffiths, Managing Director at The Storage Place
  • It’s wonderful to be named the largest fastest-growing business of 2022. For us, having in place the right structure and the right people has been fundamental to the growth we’ve experienced. As a region, we don’t always stop and think about the success we’ve achieved so it’s good to have something like the Fastest 50 to remind us that hard work, passion and talent do pay off.

    Alan Appleyard, Operations Director at Casper Group

Our other awards

Fastest 50 Yorkshire

Launched in 2011, 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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