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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.