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 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.

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.

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.
Pictured, from left, are: chair of the Corporate Board for the National College for High Speed Rail Terry Morgan, Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones, Minister of State for Transport Robert Goodwill, Rosie Winterton MP, and Caroline Flint MP.

‘Landmark moment’ as construction begins at rail college

CONSTRUCTION has begun on the National College for High Speed Rail, which is on track to open to students in Doncaster in September 2017.

The fomer Flaxby Golf Course site near Knaresborough

Plans for new North Yorkshire village back on course

Plans to transform a former golf course site near Knaresborough into a new village are back on course following the liquidation of the site's former owner last July..

Fremington Edge, looking from Grinton Moor in Swaledale

Greg Wright: A failure to invest in rail is betrayal of rural businesses

THERE’S a vibrant business community beyond our major towns and cities.

Oakgate Group has submitted plans to City of York Council to transform Stonebow House into apartments and shops

Plans to transform eyesore into apartments

A NOTORIOUS eyesore, described by national architecture critics as ‘sheer visual misery’, could be transformed into apartments and shops if plans are given the go-ahead.

Rebecca Matthews CEO, Aarhus 2017. Picture: Michael Gr�n, Billedmag

Hull-Denmark link will connect two cultural capitals

Two “cultural capitals” will be linked by a new scheduled air service between Yorkshire and Scandinavia.

The Emley Moor Mast

Plans for a second Emley Moor mast unveiled

FOR MORE than half a century it has stood as Yorkshire’s tallest building, visible from miles around and helping to broadcast television signals to millions of homes across the north of England.

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