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Top accountant says interest in Yorkshire’s tech firms remains high

Foreign investment into Yorkshire and the nation’s economies will continue, with the region’s tech firms particularly attractive to inward investment, a top accountant has claimed.

Broadband customers are paying a penalty for their loyalty, with providers increasing bills by more than 100 a year when initial deals end, a charity has warned.

Warning: How your broadband supplier could be stinging its loyal customers

Broadband customers are paying a penalty for their loyalty, with providers increasing bills by more than £100 a year when initial deals end, a charity has warned.

Leeds welcomes arrival of ‘Digital Harbour’

Leeds welcomes arrival of ‘Digital Harbour’

Data firm aql is preparing to launch a new data centre which it says will make Leeds a centre for safe and reliable cloud computing solutions to businesses and organisations across the country.

Tesco has been fined 129m.

Tesco fined £129m but avoids prosecution over accounting scandal

Tesco has been hit with a £129 million fine from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), but has escaped prosecution over its accounting scandal.
Customers who receive a poor service from their landline or broadband provider could be in line for automatic compensation as part of new proposals.

Compensation payments could soon be paid for poor broadband or landline service

Customers who receive a poor service from their landline or broadband provider could be in line for automatic compensation as part of new proposals.
Philip Jordan of Ward Hadaway

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.

M&S will be offering a crate of beer especially for Mother's Day.

Would your mum fancy a case of beer for Mother's Day?

Marks & Spencer is broadening its usual Mother's Day fare of flowers and chocolates with its first gift case of beer selected especially for women.

A worker at the Vivergo plant at Hull, which turns surplus what into bioethanol fuel.

How animal feed leftovers could power your car

It may seem like a long time ago now but, during its construction phase, the Vivergo Fuels plant at Hessle near Hull was second only to the London Olympic Park among the UK’s biggest development projects.

An aerial view of the Siemens site at Green Port Hull. Picture: Siemens

How Hull is reinventing itself for a renewable future

It was 2010 when it was first suggested that Hull would be a good base for the UK’s growing renewable energy industry.

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