The high achievers that have won a place in Yorkshire’s Fastest 50

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THEY have defied years of turmoil to create jobs and secure the investment Yorkshire needs to help its economy grow.

Today, we reveal the identities of the inspirational companies that have found a place in the Yorkshire Fastest 50 2014 – the comprehensive list of the region’s fastest-growing companies.

The list shows our regional business community’s strength in depth. The list includes firms such as MSM Foods, a Polish food importer, Sheffield steel firm William Cook Holdings, and clothes maker Skopes.

Sponsored and organised by law firm Ward Hadaway and backed by The Yorkshire Post, the list highlights and celebrates privately-owned companies in the region that have achieved the largest growth over recent years. Established in 2011, the Yorkshire Fastest 50 recognises high achieving companies and encourages others to follow in their footsteps.

The list has been compiled in association with Top 100 UK law firm Ward Hadaway, which has grown its Yorkshire operation since establishing a base in Leeds in the summer of 2008.

Martin Hulls, the head of office at Ward Hadaway Leeds, said: “As in previous years, the Yorkshire Fastest 50 2014 highlights and celebrates fantastic achievements by companies from right across the region.

“It also demonstrates what a great variety of companies are prospering here, and provides a fascinating glimpse of the different sectors which help to make Yorkshire’s economy so vibrant and resilient.”

Ward Hadaway managing partner, Jamie Martin, added: “Our congratulations go to every one of the 50 companies in this list, for their terrific efforts in successfully growing their businesses.”

Following today’s publication of the Yorkshire Fastest 50, an awards ceremony will take place at Aspire in Leeds on Friday, March 14 when the winners of the Yorkshire Fastest 50 2014 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.

Here, in alphabetical order, is the Yorkshire Fastest 50 for 2014.

• Abbey Forged Products, Sheffield

This family-owned company is one of Europe’s leading metal forging and stainless steel suppliers.

• Access Hire Nationwide, Normanton

A supplier of vehicle mount access platforms and specialist equipment throughout the UK.

• Amvale, Scunthorpe

Amvale provides a wide range of transport services including car and van rental, school buses, coach hire and emergency organ delivery and patient transport.

• Argrain, York

A family-owned grain merchant and feed business, Argrain trades throughout Yorkshire and North East England.

• ATB Morley, Leeds

ATB Morley provides motors and generators used in mining, power generation, marine, defence and other heavy duty industrial applications.

• Auto Silicone Hoses, Mirfield

This company lays claim to being the UK’s largest manufacturer, distributor and stockist of performance silicone hoses and performance race parts for the automotive sector.

• Beal Homes, Hessle

Beal Homes’ current developments include houses in Hull and Willerby, while the company’s previous developments have been built at locations including Lincoln and Scotter.

• BJSS, Leeds

This award-winning IT consultancy specialises in providing solutions to complex IT problems for a wide range of clients.

• Blackapple Solutions, Huddersfield

Founded in 2004, Blackapple Solutions is a specialist IT consultancy which works with multinational clients in a range of sectors.

• Bradbury Group, Scunthorpe

Bradbury Group specialises in manufacturing steel security products.

• Cardinal Group, Shipley

This company has more than 30 years’ experience in designing, manufacturing and installing retail and commercial interiors in the UK and globally.

• Caterers Choice, Huddersfield

Caterers Choice provides a range of food and drink to the sandwich and salad industry, food manufacturers, food service, fast food, bakers, and schools.

• Collett Group, Halifax

Collett Group’s activities include work in the marine and consulting sectors, as well as a range of transport and projects services.

• Compass Engineering, Barnsley

Compass Engineering specialises in the design, build and manufacture of all types of steel structures.

• Contract Natural Gas, Harrogate

CNG provides a range of advice and services to commercial gas users, offering itself as an alternative to the ‘Big Six’ gas companies.

• eChem, Leeds

eChem is a chemical manufacturer with production facilities in Leeds and the US.

• FTL Seals Technology, Morley

FTL supplies sealing and bearing products to customers in the UK and abroad.

• Galglass, Barnsley

This company designs, manufactures and installs steel and concrete storage tanks.

• Healthcare House, Skipton

This company specialises in the distribution of healthcare products and the management of land and property.

• Innserve, Tadcaster

Innserve supplies, installs and maintains beer and soft drinks dispenser systems.

• Inter-Ways, Doncaster

Inter-Ways has grown over the last decade to provide freight forwarding services by road, sea and air all over the world.

• Kiveton Park Steel, Sheffield

Kiveton Park Steel manufactures bright engineering steel bar and wire for products in the automotive, aircraft, cold forming and machined parts industries.

• Koso Kent Introl, Brighouse

KKI specialises in supplying a range of valves, pumps and other components used in the oil and gas, petrochemical and power industries.

• Kostal UK, Rotherham

The UK arm of German multi-national Kostal, which manufactures and supplies a range of automotive electrical systems, industrial electronics, connector systems and test technology to customers in a wide variety of sectors.

• Krone UK, Leeds

Krone makes a range of equipment for the agricultural industry, specialising in equipment for hay and foraging, such as mowers, rotary rakes, wagons, harvesters and balers.

• Lenzing Fibers Grimsby, Grimsby

The UK operation of an Austrian multi-national group which is one of the world’s main suppliers of man-made fibres to the textiles and nonwovens industry.

• Lincoln & York, Brigg

Founded in 1992, Lincoln & York provides a coffee-sourcing, roasting and packaging service to the out-of-home and foodservice, distributor and specialist retail markets in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

• Minova, Dewsbury

Minova designs and manufactures fine quality worsted textiles.

• MSM Foods, Normanton

Food wholesaler MSM is one of the largest importers of Polish food in Northern England.

• P.A.W. Structures, Skipton

Founded in 2001, this company offers bespoke light gauge frame and structural steelwork solutions across an extensive range of construction projects.

• Peter Duffy, Wakefield

Peter Duffy is a multi-disciplinary civil engineering, utility and construction company.

• Poundworld, Leeds

An ever-present in the Yorkshire Fastest 50, Poundworld sells more than 3,000 products at £1 each at stores across the UK

• Premier Technical Services Group, Castleford

PTSG operates across four main business sectors – access and safety, electrical services, high level cleaning and specialist mechanical and electrical services.

• Pure Collection, Harrogate

Pure Collection is a mail order and online retailer specialising in luxury womenswear, particularly cashmere clothes.

• Sewell Group, Hull

Sewell Group operates a diverse range of businesses, encompassing sectors such as investments, construction, facilities management, estate services, retail and health, safety and environment services.

• Simpson (York), York

This company provides a range of joinery and fit-out services to customers across the North.

• Skopes, Leeds

Established in 1948, Skopes produces and supplies a range of formal and casual menswear to department stores as well as selling its clothes via three stand-alone stores and 50 concession outlets.

• SNF (UK), Normanton

This chemicals company specialises in producing a range of products used in applications including waste water treatment, heavy metal removal and in the cosmetics industry.

• Specialty Powders Holdings, Knaresborough

SPHL provides a range of contract powder processing facilities to customers across Europe.

• Techmotion, Bradford

Techmotion specialises in gear and gearbox manufacture, engine and transmission and component remanufacture and the manufacturing and distribution of industrial and marine controls.

• The Longwood Engineering Co, Huddersfield

Longwood Engineering specialises in automated screens and screenings handling equipment used by a range of utility companies including Yorkshire Water.

• Thurston Building Systems, Wakefield

This company supplies prefabricated modular, portable and temporary building services to customers in both the public and private sectors.

• Transwaste Recycling & Aggregates, Melton

Transwaste started trading in 2002 and has since grown to provide a wide range of recycling and waste management services with customers including local authorities,

• Triten APG, Barnsley

Triten Alloy Products Group specialises in manufacturing industrial materials that resist abrasion, corrosion and impact.

• Victoria Plumb, Hull

An online retailer of a wide range of bathroom and shower products, ranging from individual sinks to entire bathroom suites.

• William Scruton, Driffield

William Scruton supplies new and used agricultural vehicles and machinery ranging from tractors and combine harvesters to spreaders and sprayers.

• William Anelay, York

Founded in 1747, William Anelay is one of the UK’s longest established construction companies. It has particular expertise in restoration projects on historic buildings

• William Cook Holdings, Sheffield

After starting out as a steel casting manufacturer, William Cook now concentrates on sophisticated components, assemblies and systems for a wide range of applications,

• X-Cel Superturn (GB), Sheffield

This company specialises in producing precision machined components, mainly for the petrochemical, power generation, aerospace and construction industries.

• York Mailing, York

York Mailing is a specialist in producing and delivering short lead time, high volume, press finished retail flyers, media inserts and leaflets, mainly for retail clients.