Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Yorkshire businesses 2024 revealed

Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards 2024 Fastest Growing Business winners  Ivegate Limited with Emma Digby, Zandra Moore  and Greg WrightWard Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards 2024 Fastest Growing Business winners  Ivegate Limited with Emma Digby, Zandra Moore  and Greg Wright
Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards 2024 Fastest Growing Business winners Ivegate Limited with Emma Digby, Zandra Moore and Greg Wright | Ward Hadaway
Growth takes centre stage as we today reveal 2024’s top 50 fastest growing businesses across the region – see full list below.

“Gone is the narrative of survival that dominated the news agenda for a prolonged period of time. This year it’s about Yorkshire businesses disrupting their sectors, innovating and leading change which, ultimately, is driving real growth,” declared Emma Digby, executive partner at Ward Hadaway’s Leeds office, to the audience at the 2024 Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards.

Emma Digby, executive partner at Ward Hadaway’s Leeds officeEmma Digby, executive partner at Ward Hadaway’s Leeds office
Emma Digby, executive partner at Ward Hadaway’s Leeds office | Ward Hadaway

The Fastest 50 is a hallmark business event, held in partnership with The Yorkshire Post, that highlights the innovation, growth and success of our region’s businesses. 

This year marks the Yorkshire award event’s 14th year where honours are given to the fastest growing business of the year in three categories - small (under £10m), medium (£10m-£35m) and large (£35m+) - as well as to the overall fastest growing business of the year. 

The list is based on growth over the previous three years of trading, with verified data from Companies House records.

Today’s official unveiling follows the awards ceremony that took place at Aspire in Leeds last Friday.  The event welcomed keynote speaker CEO Zandra Moore of rapidly growing tech business panintelligence. She spoke alongside The Yorkshire Post’s Greg Wright and Emma Digby.

Emma continued: “Despite the UK's technical recession, Yorkshire's entrepreneurial spirit continues to shine through across our region's economy.

Many businesses are pushing ahead with ambitious growth plans and bold decision making as they continue to innovate and develop their product and service offerings.

“They’re embracing a digital first world - utilising technology to drive business growth whether that’s through implementing a new way of working, improving customer service delivery or reducing operational costs without affecting quality output.”

The visibility of this business growth is evident in the 2024 Fastest 50 list.

Keynote speaker Zandra Moore, CEO of rapidly growing tech business panintelligenceKeynote speaker Zandra Moore, CEO of rapidly growing tech business panintelligence
Keynote speaker Zandra Moore, CEO of rapidly growing tech business panintelligence | Ward Hadaway

The total combined turnover of all companies stands at an impressive £2.53bn and the average turnover growth across them all is 68.37% - a clear indicator of the robust health and ambitious drive of Yorkshire businesses. 

Notably, this year's overall winners and fastest growing large business, Ivegate, were dual winners in 2022 taking away the overall winner and fastest growing medium business of the year awards. 

Nine companies in 2024’s Fastest 50 were in last year’s list and 30% of 2024’s Fastest 50 businesses have appeared previously.

This continued growth demonstrates the dynamism, excellence and innovation that defines Yorkshire's business community.

From construction and creative to energy and engineering, there are many industries across the region that are booming.

The technology and manufacturing sectors have, in particular, shown strong growth with 14% of this year’s list comprising tech businesses and 18% flying the flag for Yorkshire’s manufacturing companies.

Emma explained: “Interestingly, the majority of those businesses in the top 50 are based in West Yorkshire, 30 in fact, which has established itself as the premier destination for tech scale-ups in the UK, outside of London and the South East. 

"In 2021, Yorkshire's tech sector received £120 million in venture capital investment, demonstrating the financial community's confidence in its growth potential. 

"Leeds also hosts the UK's largest tech event, the Leeds Digital Festival, which attracts over 400 events and 40,000 attendees, highlighting just how deeply tech runs through the veins of Yorkshire’s business community. The strong entrepreneurial spirit that defines the region’s tech sector transcends across all industries as you each continuously challenge the limits of creativity and establish new benchmarks for growth.”

Spotlight on the winners

Leeds-based Ivegate, a prominent player in Yorkshire’s construction and building services sector, are this year’s overall fastest growing business of the year and the largest fastest growing business.

Ivegate’s growth has seen it catapult from being the winner of the medium sized business category to the winner of the large category in just two years. In both 2022 and 2024 they were also named the overall winner of the Fastest 50.

The fastest growing business in the mid-sized category was The HACS Group, an independent building and construction services contractor that hails from Ripley in Harrogate.

The company, which employs over 100 people, provides a range of services through its divisions which include construction, environmental and engineering services. Active Security Solutions was named the fastest growing small business of the year. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Scarborough, the company is a provider of security and facilities management services including door supervision, event security and alarm response.

As Emma closed the awards, she added: “Congratulations to our winners and to every business named in the 2024 Fastest 50 list.

The diversity in sectors and the remarkable achievements of this year's winners reflect a broader narrative of adaptability, strategic leadership and the relentless pursuit of excellence. 

"Here's to continuing our journey of growth, driven by a digital first mindset to build a future that's not only prosperous but sustainable for generations to come. Thank you for coming today - it’s been an absolute pleasure to meet you all and hear about your achievements.”

Business movers and shakers celebrated the official unveiling of the 2024 Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 list and awards ceremony at Aspire in LeedsBusiness movers and shakers celebrated the official unveiling of the 2024 Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 list and awards ceremony at Aspire in Leeds
Business movers and shakers celebrated the official unveiling of the 2024 Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 list and awards ceremony at Aspire in Leeds | Ward Hadaway

Here is Yorkshire’s Fastest 50 for 2024 in ranked order:

1. Ivegate Limited (Winner: Overall Fastest Growing Business and Fastest Growing Large Business)

2. Active Security Solutions (Winner: Fastest Growing Small Business)

3.  Jorvik Design Group Ltd

4. Stephen Bell Leisure Limited

5. Stage One Group Limited

6. Pinnacle Conservation Limited

7. DBG Contractors Ltd

8. The HACS Group (Winner: Fastest Growing Medium Business)

9. Steadplan Group Limited

10. Vizion Network Limited

11. Quality Freight Services Limited

12. ICD Europe Ltd

13. Uniexpress Limited

14. SBFM Limited

15. HW Group

16. Dransfield Properties Finance Limited

17. Burendo Ltd

18. Nimbus Building Products Limited

19. United Gas & Power Ltd

20. Airedale Group Holdings Limited

21. Halcyon Tankers Limited

22. Target Dental Limited

23. Yorkshire Gas and Power Limited

24. Mach Recruitment Group Holdings Limited

25. Equinox Design Group Limited

26. Brocklesby Limited

27. Gemco UK Limited

28. Gem Imports Limited

29. Read Motor Group Limited

30. Aire Logic Limited

31. Parallax Agency Ltd

32. H P Construction Limited

33. Loadlok Roland UK Ltd

34. Mackenzie Stuart Limited

35. Adams and Green Limited

36. P.P. Profiles (West Yorkshire) Limited

37. Accurate Laser Cutting (SJS) Limited

38. Park Homes (UK) Limited

39. Sedamyl UK Limited

40. Procters Coaches (North Yorkshire) Limited

41. Pacy and Wheatley Limited

42. Lucy and Yak Ltd

43. Netpremacy Limited

44. Pivot Group Limited

45. Bed Kingdom

46. Pentest People Limited

47. Cars 2 Limited

48. Checkmate Holdings Group Limited

49. Don Valley Engineering Group Limited

50. Techmotion Limited

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