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.