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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.

This October, the Fastest 50 list will be published and we will announce the ultimate winners – the North East’s Fastest growing business for 2021.

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

Our 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
  • “It was a real surprise and honour for one of our businesses to win this award. Thanks to all at Ward Hadaway and The Journal for crunching the numbers during lockdown. Credit to our entire team that, 20 years into our journey, we are still in growth mode, proving that the North East is a great place to build a business. We hope younger businesses are inspired. If we can, you can.”

    Ian Baggett, Adderstone Group

Our other 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 West

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

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