The Yorkshire Fastest 50 2017- The firms who provide reasons to be optimistic about the region

TODAY we reveal the businesses who have made it into the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 2017, the comprehensive list of the region's fastest-growing companies.

Larry Gould of thebigword
Larry Gould of thebigword

Organised by law firm Ward Hadaway and backed by The Yorkshire Post, the list celebrates privately-owned companies in the region who have shown the largest growth over recent years, with the aim of recognising high achieving companies and encouraging others to follow them.

The Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 2017 contains businesses from a wide range of sectors.

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It includes leading players in the worlds of construction and video games. The list also includes firms that have been owned by the same family for generations and companies that were established during the dark days that followed the global economic crisis of 2008.

Yorkshire Post Fastest 50 Awards, Aspire, Leeds. Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive, Gary Verity, and Jamie Martin, Ward Hadaway. 16 March 2012. Picture Bruce Rollinson

It has been compiled in association with Top 100 UK law firm Ward Hadaway, which has seen its Yorkshire operation grow considerably since it was established in Leeds in 2008.

Jamie Martin, the managing partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “We are very proud and pleased to present the seventh Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 which once again has produced brilliant examples of all that is best about business in Yorkshire.

“The list also demonstrates the sheer variety of companies who are succeeding in growing their businesses, creating jobs and prosperity and attracting investment into the region.

“It is these companies which are the growth drivers of the Yorkshire economy and they deserve the accolades and the attention which being in the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 brings them.

Ed Balls speaking at the YorkshirePost/Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 awards ceremony at Aspire in Leeds. 15 March 2013. Picture Bruce Rollinson

“Together they represent 50 reasons to be optimistic about the future of the region and we salute their considerable achievements.”

Following today’s publication of the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50, an awards ceremony will take place at Aspire Leeds on Friday, March 17, when the winners of the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 2017 will be revealed.

There, awards will be given to the fastest growing small, medium and large businesses, as well as an overall award for the fastest growing business of the year.

In previous years, the awards have attracted high profile speakers such as Ed Balls, the former shadow chancellor, and Sir Gary Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire.

Larry Gould, founder and chief executive at Leeds-based international translation company thebigword, will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s event.

Mr Gould founded the company as a start-up in 1981, providing translation services to businesses mainly based in Yorkshire. Since then, thebigword has expanded to become one of the largest companies of its kind in the UK with a fast-growing international presence.

The company’s services are used by around 80 per cent of the world’s top 100 global brands and organisations. It has 11 offices around the world, employs more than 500 staff and has more than 8,000 linguists.

Mr Gould will be talking about the challenges of growing a company when he meets business leaders and representatives of Yorkshire’s fastest growing companies at the awards ceremony.

Yorkshire Post Fastest 50 Awards, Aspire, Leeds. Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive, Gary Verity, and Jamie Martin, Ward Hadaway. 16 March 2012. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Mr Gould said: “I’m thrilled to have been invited to give the keynote speech at the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards for 2017.

“I am passionate about growing businesses and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit so it will be terrific to meet up with fellow business people and find out more about how they have been growing their companies.

“The Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 is an excellent way to highlight and celebrate the businesses who are really putting Yorkshire on the map and creating jobs, boosting prosperity and attracting investment into the region. I am really looking forward to the awards and finding out which companies are really blazing a trail when it comes to expanding their businesses.”

Greg Wright, The Yorkshire Post’s deputy business editor, will also speak at the awards ceremony.

He said: “We are delighted to support the Fastest 50 awards. The awards honour companies that have enjoyed rapid growth during periods of turmoil.

“Every business that appears on the Fastest 50 list can feel very proud. They show that Yorkshire remains the best place to do business in Britain.”

Ed Balls speaking at the YorkshirePost/Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 awards ceremony at Aspire in Leeds. 15 March 2013. Picture Bruce Rollinson

The winners will be celebrated in a special supplement available with The Yorkshire Post.

Here is the Yorkshire Fastest 50 for 2017 in alphabetical order:

Abacus Direct Manufacturing Group Limited, Harrogate: This company specialises in manufacturing a range of bathroom equipment for the commercial and residential sector under the Abacus Bathrooms and Elements Wetrooms brands.

ALNO UK Ltd, Leeds: ALNO UK has specialised in innovative kitchen design and manufacturing for more than 85 years. The company designs and makes a wide range of kitchens, selling them via a network of its own stores, independent kitchen retailers and John Lewis.

Azzure IT, Sheffield: Rated as the UK’s leading Microsoft Gold Partner, Azzure IT is a specialist provider of Microsoft Dynamics solutions with over 20 years’ experience implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions.

Castle Employment, Scarborough: A recruitment company with offices in Scarborough, Leeds and York, Castle Employment provides temporary, permanent and contract staff for businesses throughout Yorkshire and the UK in sectors including industrial, agricultural, education, hospitality, cleaning, manufacturing and engineering.

Caval Limited, Leeds: A company which also appeared in the 2016 Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50, Caval is a construction recruitment specialist which operates across a range of sectors. Its clients include Laing O’Rourke, Bellway and Interserve.

Chippindale Plant, Leeds: Operating across nine sites in the North of England, Chippindale Plant provides a hire and sales service to the construction sector with products including plant, tools, attachments and site accommodation. It also appeared in the 2016 Yorkshire Fastest 50.

Classic Lifts Ltd, Rotherham: Classic Lifts Ltd has been installing, modernising, servicing and repairing a full range of lift products for over 20 years. The company’s customers are located throughout the UK and range from single disabled access lift users to blue chip companies.

Copernus Limited, Hull: Based in Hull, Copernus is a wholesale fish merchants which supplies fresh fish to a wide range of customers including major supermarket groups.

Dura Beds, Batley: Founded in 1998, Dura Beds designs and manufactures a wide and varied range of mattresses and divans. In June 2016, the company bought the former Layezee factory in Dewsbury to cope with the expansion of its business.

Easypay Services, Leeds: Founded in 2001, Easypay provides finance, payroll and back office services to support the recruitment industry. The company’s clients include OSP Group, Change Group plc and Totally Recruitment.

ESP Systex, Hull: Part of the ESP Group and the overall winner of the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards 2016, ESP Systex provides online payment and ticketing solutions to organisations including Transport for London and the Association of Train Operating Companies.

F&G Commercials, Barnsley: This company provides truck servicing, new and used truck sales and genuine truck parts for a wide range of makes and models. It was formed in 1995 and became a franchised DAF Service Dealer in 1998, and a body repair shop was integrated in 1999.

Future Cleaning Services, York: Formed in 2003, Future Cleaning Services specialises in delivering facilities management, contract cleaning and support services to commercial, industrial and public sector clients across the UK at locations including offices and commercial buildings, cinemas and leisure complexes, car showrooms, schools and public transport.

G&A Transport Services Limited, Sheffield: From its base in Sheffield, G&A Transport Services provides road haulage, transport, storage and warehousing services.

GC Motors, Harrogate: This independent motor dealership specialises in prestige, sports and 4x4 vehicles and has over £10m worth of vehicles in stock, including models from the likes of Lamborghini, Porsche, Range Rover, Ferrari and McLaren. It also has a repair and service centre.

Global Autocare, Leeds: Formed in 1997 as a vehicle maintenance centre, Global Autocare has grown to provide a wide range of in-house services to help customers manage vehicle fleets. The company’s customers range from small businesses to some of the UK’s largest PLCs.

H&A, York: Established in 1988, H&A specialises in producing high quality and creative children’s toiletries under licence for a number of high profile properties. H&A have a variety of major licenses including Disney Princess, Disney Planes and Minnie Mouse.

Harris Construction Management, Pontefract

Founded in 2007, Harris Construction Management is a multi-disciplinary construction company delivering a diverse range of projects across the UK. It has carried out work for clients including Tesco, Coca-Cola, Asda and Next.

The Harris Partnership, Wakefield

The Harris Partnership is a national architectural practice with a strong reputation in the commercial field undertaking commissions throughout the UK on all building types via five strategically located regional offices, including its Wakefield centre.

headoffice3, Pudsey: headoffice3 offers specialist fit-out and construction services to the schools, commercial and residential sectors from initial design to final execution. Its recent projects include a design and build of new offices in Wetherby and a Leeds regional office for car rental company Enterprise.

Hensall Group Limited, Eggborough: Hensall Group provides mechanical and electrical building services to some of the UK’s most successful organisations. Established in 1978, the company has over 38 years’ experience in the provision of integrated M&E design, installation and maintenance and works alongside leading contractors and blue chip brands to deliver large scale projects.

Hesco Holdings Limited, Leeds: Hesco is well known for its work in the design and manufacture of rapidly deployable barrier systems as well as armour, flood barriers and protective structures. Since 1991, its products have been deployed in a range of hostile environments, including at the UK base in Afghanistan.

High Seat Holdings Ltd, Batley: This furniture maker has been producing hand-made furniture for more than 40 years and sells its products in shops right across the country. It also appeared in the 2016 Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50.

High Street TV, Harrogate: Since launching in 2008, this shopping channel retailer has grown rapidly into a multi-channel business encompassing TV, online and print sales as well as via high street chains. It was third in the large category section in the 2016 Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50.

Hisense UK Limited, Leeds: Established in 2012, Hisense UK Ltd is a Leeds-based subsidiary of China-based Hisense Company Ltd, one of the world’s largest electronics and consumer goods manufacturers. Its products include televisions, refrigerators, freezers, laundry units, tablet computers and mobile phones.

Humberside Aggregates Limited, Brough: Humberside Aggregates has been operating for over 30 years. Supplying many major concrete and mortar plants in the Hull and Yorkshire region, its customers include local council authorities, builders’ merchants, local and national building and civil engineering contractors, the MOD and Environment Agency.

Kaam Holdings Limited, Leeds: Based in Leeds, Kaam Holdings specialises in the manufacture of plastic products and distribution of insulation materials.

Manco Energy Limited, South Newbald: Manco Energy Ltd is a green energy supply and management company which specialises in renewable energy, fuels and burners. The company supplies all types of biomass-derived fuel as well as equipment such as boilers and hot water plants.

Metcalfe Farms, Leyburn: This haulage specialist offers a complete project management package, including site to site service, to anywhere in the world. It has particular expertise in the heavy haulage sector and also has an office in Southampton as well as its North Yorkshire base.

Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd, Doncaster: Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd is a leading independent supplier of natural stone landscaping products. The company’s activities range from managing quarries and transportation and distribution centres to sales and marketing of the finished products.

Navartis Limited, Doncaster: This specialist project-focused technical recruitment company provides skilled personnel to clients within the global transportation, civil engineering and utility industries. It also appeared in the 2016 Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50.

NMC (Group) Limited, Doncaster: NMC Surfacing is an independent surfacing and civil engineering contractor that provides a 24/7 nationwide service, for some of the UK’s leading blue chip companies, from a network of regional offices. Clients include major supermarkets, national retailers and the NHS.

Northcoast Seafoods Ltd, Grimsby: From its base in Grimsby, this company supplies prawns, whitefish and other seafood products into the retail and foodservice markets. It is also a supplier for companies looking for seafood ingredients for further processing.

Osborne Technologies Ltd, Barnsley: Based in Barnsley, Osborne Technologies is a national multi-division technology company, providing IT and Audio Visual solutions, voice and data cabling, digital signage, security, CCTV installation and smart home technology. It appeared in the 2015 Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50.

Patrick Construction Group Limited, Huddersfield: Patrick Construction Group carries out a range of construction services from its base in Huddersfield.

Principle, Huddersfield: Principle provides a range of brand implementation services to global brands such as BMW, Barclays Bank and stadiums including Wembley and The Emirates. The company also appeared in the 2016 Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50.

Crest Building Products, Howden, East Yorkshire: Crest supply and distribute a high quality range of key building products to the construction industry throughout the UK. Crest provide an inspired portfolio of over 120 different types of bricks in addition to their outstanding range of concrete and clay roofing tiles and their energy efficient Aerated Concrete Blocks.

Qualitycourse Limited, Brighouse: This is the holding group for recruitment and management company Transline Group. Founded in 1989 by joint CEOs, Paul Beasley and Jon Taylor, the Transline Group now spans more than 100 sites across the UK, as well as having operations in Ireland, Eastern Europe, Canada, Thailand and Dubai.

RBA Moody Bros (Contractors) Ltd, Northallerton: Founded in 1921, this family-run commercial and residential building contractor has worked on a range of projects in sectors including education, commercial, healthcare and conservation. It has also developed and built homes for sale and makes a range of bespoke timber products.

Siddall Investments Limited, Halifax: This Halifax-based company is a holding company which specialises in investment.

Sigma, Castleford: Sigma provides a range of services and solutions to retailers, including supply, consolidation, management and re-use of fixtures and fittings as well as shop fitting and project management. The company has over 20 years’ experience in the sector.

Skipton Properties, Keighley: This family-run housing developer has over 30 years’ experience and has built homes for more than 3,000 families. It has current developments at locations across Yorkshire and Lancashire including Skipton and Silsden.

Team 17 Digital Limited, Wakefield: Established 24 years ago, this Wakefield company is one of the longest running privately owned independent video and computer games companies in the world. Team 17 has released over 70 games across numerous gaming platforms with sales in excess of 65 million units.

Triton Construction Ltd, Liversedge: Triton Construction Limited is a general contractor providing construction services across the North of England. The company’s experience spans all sectors, with projects ranging in value from £500,000 to £6m. Triton also appeared in the 2016 Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50.

Vallectric (Holdings) Limited, Leeds: Vallectric is a multi-disciplined property services group specialising in a broad range of installation and refurbishment projects throughout the UK. Its services include design & installation, new-build & refurbishment and plumbing, heating and ventilation.

Warwick Ward (Machinery) Limited, Barnsley: Founded in 1970 by Warwick Ward, this company has grown into one of the largest stockists and suppliers of new and used wheel loaders, earthmoving equipment, waste recycling equipment and spare parts in Europe.

Wastewise, Hull: Wastewise is a waste management, recycling, composting and skip hire company based in Hull with over 50 years’ experience in the industry. The company typically works with large waste producers, including public and private customers, and each year handles over 100,000 tonnes of waste across its various operations.

Woodgreen Construction, Birstall: Woodgreen Construction is a family-owned company which has been in business for over 20 years, during this time expanding into its role as a principal contractor for clients ranging from local authority and utility companies through to commercial property and large retailers.

Xiros, Leeds: Originally started to develop techniques for treating ACL injuries, Xiros has expanded to develop an extensive range of implants, fixation devices and surgical techniques. It also appeared in the 2016 Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50.

The companies in this list have been selected from a table of fastest growing profit-making, private, regional companies, based on turnover growth. Information has been compiled by researchers at Bradford University School of Management using data which is publicly available at Companies House of UK listed companies. The average turnover growth has been assessed on a percentage increase based on the difference between turnover figures filed for the last three years. To qualify, companies must be trading entities and have turnover in excess of £1,000,000 in the last three years of filed accounts, which are up to date as at December 31, 2016. Companies must also have made profits in each of the past three years’ accounts and have filed new accounts since last year’s awards. Private limited companies which are subsidiaries of listed companies do not qualify. Subsidiaries of foreign-controlled companies have been accepted if they have headquarters or a decision-making function in the region. Ward Hadaway and The Yorkshire Post do not accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions.