Yorkshire’s Fastest 50 in full: A year of surprises

To many observers, 2016 was a year of surprises – the Brexit vote, the election of President Trump – so is 2017 continuing on in that vein? Well, as far as the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 is concerned, the answer is yes – and no.

Gavin Maddison

Fastest 50: Take stock and draw up a shareholders’ agreement

Business partners are familiar with putting in place arrangements which protect the business they are building together. Those arrangements might include written contracts with suppliers, insurances, hedging terms or health and safety policies.

The Yorkshire Post's Greg Wright speaking at the Fastest 50 Awards event

Fastest 50: View from the top... in quotes

They have succeeded in growing their businesses faster than their counterparts, but what do the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 of 2017 make of the major issues of today? We asked a cross-section of Fastest 50 companies some key questions.

Harmajinder Hayre

Fastest 50: Mind the gap... gender pay reports are on the agenda

Recruiting and retaining the right workforce is crucial to the success of any fast-growing business. From next month, companies face their latest challenge on the employment front.

DRAFT PLANS: Kevin Weston says commercial property landlords must ensure they are up to scratch on energy efficiency.

Fastest 50: Better not lose out on energy

The efficient direction of energy is an important factor in any company’s growth – now energy efficiency in its literal form is set to grow further in importance. The drive towards more efficient use of energy, in both residential and commercial properties, has been a substantive aim of European legislation for over two decades.

Andrea Dyer

Fastest 50: Look to family law to safeguard future generations

For fast-growing companies which are also family businesses, the focus is not only to build a successful and profitable business but also to protect it for future generations. There are a number of ways this can be achieved from a family law point of view.

RELATIVE VALUES: Andrew Evans says it is important for those running a family business to have a will in place.

Fastest 50: How to protect your business

Many successful companies are family businesses. One of the main goals in such businesses is often to grow the business and protect it for the family. This is why it is important for those running family businesses to have a will in place, a shareholders’ agreement (or partnership agreement) and a lasting power of attorney to protect their family and the business in the event of incapacity or death.

Flora Mewies

Fastest 50: Working solutions can still be found post-Brexit

With the trigger date for Article 50 fast approaching and considerable skills shortages in the UK, a key consideration for businesses looking to expand their workforces is whether they will be able to retain their non-British national employees and how they will be able to recruit from overseas in the future.

AT A CROSSROADS: Jamie Martin wants the Government to invest more money in improving the Norths transport system.

Fastest 50: Just getting on with business

Welcome to the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 for 2017. This is the seventh year in which we have held these awards, supported by The Yorkshire Post, and they never fail to deliver inspiring stories of business achievement and endeavour.

Frank Suttie

Fastest 50: Apprenticeships mean business as revolution looms

With just a few weeks to go until the start of a new era for apprenticeships, businesses are coming to terms with not just the prospect of the apprenticeship levy but also potentially a new opportunity to build a highly skilled workforce.

ON FILE: Gareth Yates warns that new regulations will change the way companies collect, analyse and protect data.

Fastest 50: A new digital law unto itself

Technology continues to play a major part in the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50, not just in the business of companies such as Azzure IT, ESP Systex and Hisense UK, but also in the day-to- day operations of almost every commercial concern.

Howard Grindrod, deputy MD of Hisense UK

The fast movers that are shining a light for the region’s business sector

TV and consumer electronics maker Hisense UK put itself in the picture with a double win at the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards 2017.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

Sheffield Mutual achieves £100m in assets

A YORKSHIRE mutual has seen its assets break the £100m barrier for the first time in its 125-year history.

Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 next week

Don't use Brexit as an excuse

As we embark on the biggest change in our relationship with trading partners around the world, it’s important to know what investors in growth companies are thinking.

Fishing Republic CEO Steve Gross raised new capital on AIM through a tax qualifying issue

It's time to spring clean your investments

​As we draw towards the end of another tax year, investors naturally turn their attention to making use of any tax efficient allowances before they expire.

Everyone needs sound legal advice when it comes to writing a will.

Susan Wright: Make sure you have a well drafted will

WOULD you give a stranger a signed blank cheque? No? Then why trust everything you own to someone you know nothing about?


THE SMALL BUSINESS: How the budget will affect us

Major Tony Brotherton, soon to retire from the Army after 18 years’ service, launched a new business in Catterick last week.

ESG has moved from an ethical consideration to an economic one

The benefits of good governance

When FTSE Russell, London Stock Exchange Group’s index and data business, launched its FTSE4Good index series in 2001, the environmental, social and governance (ESG) operations of companies were not usual investment considerations for institutional investors.

The chief executive of the Co-op, Steve Murrells

Co-op provides hope for victims of ‘barbaric’ modern slavery

WE must be ashamed to admit it, but slavery is alive in 21st century Britain.

Yorkshire Building Society has announced 'solid' results

Yorkshire Building Society delivers ‘robust’ growth in competitive market

Yorkshire Building Society Group today said it had delivered a “solid” financial performance for 2016.

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