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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 is revealed for 2021.

Congratulations to Alexander Technologies Europe Limited who were crowned the North East’s Fasting Growing Business for 2021, as well as taking the Fastest Growing Large Business (turnover £25m+) title. Lusso Stone Ltd won the award for the Fastest Growing Medium Business (turnover £10-£25m), whilst Hellens Residential Limited were named Fastest Growing Small Business (turnover under £10m).

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.

Our 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
  • "Winning the Fastest 50 Award for the fastest growing medium-sized business is inspiring and it feels really good to be recognised for the hard work myself and the team have put into growing this company. I have a goal of building an internationally recognised luxury brand and I will not stop pushing until I achieve that goal!”

    Wayne Spriggs, founder and CEO, Lusso Stone
  • “We are absolutely thrilled to be named among the fastest growing North East companies for the second year in a row! To, once again, be recognised for our rapid growth, is testament to the commitment and dedication of our whole team."

    Kate Hellens, Managing Director, Hellens Residential

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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