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.

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.

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 North's 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.

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.

Chris Matthews, chief executive of GO Outdoors.

Go Outdoors set for sale

Go Outdoors, Britain’s leading outdoor retailer, has hired accountants KPMG to explore a possible sale of the booming Sheffield-based chain - which is set to create 2,000 jobs in the next 12 months.
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