Final countdown to the Fastest 50 winners

The excitement is mounting as the countdown continues to the 2013 Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards

Colin Hewitt, partner at Ward Hadaway
Colin Hewitt, partner at Ward Hadaway

The excitement is mounting as the countdown continues to the 2013 Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards.

In just two days’ time, the winners of the annual survey of the North-East’s fastest-growing privately owned businesses will be revealed at BALTIC, the Centre for Contemporary Art, in Gateshead.

Around 200 guests, including representatives of this year’s Fastest 50 companies and key members of the region’s business community, will be in attendance when the awards are announced from 12pm.

The event is sponsored and organised by leading North law firm Ward Hadaway and supported by The Journal.

As in previous years, the 2013 Fastest 50 has been compiled with the help of expert researchers from St Chad’s College/Durham Business School.

Colin Hewitt, Partner and Head of Commercial team Ward Hadaway, said: “The Fastest 50 is widely acknowledged as one of the key events on the region’s business calendar.

“As well as acting as a barometer of the North-East economy, it is a great occasion to celebrate the national and international achievements of our companies.

“This year’s list is notable for the sheer variety of companies it contains, including financial and retail businesses, two sectors which have perhaps suffered more than most over recent years.

“It all points to a welcome sign of the wider strength of the economy and the entrepreneurial spirit of the North East.

“As the region looks to emerge from the challenging economic climate of the past few years, our winners are in the vanguard of that movement and we look forward to revealing their names and recognising and rewarding their successes on Friday.”

The Fastest 50 recognises privately-owned profit-making companies and organisations in the North-East which have shown the strongest sales growth over recent years.

On Friday, awards will be given to the fastest-growing small, medium and large companies in the region.

An overall award will also be handed to the North-East’s fastest growing business of the year.

Edward Twiddy, director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, will deliver the keynote speech at the event.

Twiddy said: “Occasions like the Fastest 50 Awards are a terrific way to highlight and celebrate the considerable achievements of the North East’s trailblazing businesses.

“It is the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s mission to create growth in the region so in many ways the awards are a perfect fit for what we as an organisation are trying to achieve.

“I am looking forward to this year’s awards and to meeting representatives from the 2013 Fastest 50 to congratulate them on their excellent achievements.”

The editor of The Journal, Brian Aitken, will introduce proceedings at Friday’s event.

Mr Aitken said: “Like The Journal, the Fastest 50 really does put North East enterprise and the achievements of our business community on the map.

“At a time when the region is being challenged to create more private sector success stories, the achievements of our existing businesses should be highlighted and celebrated more than ever.

“This is exactly what we will all be doing on Friday and the event promises to be an excellent, positive occasion for everyone there.”

Full coverage of the 2013 Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards will be featured in Monday’s edition of The Journal.

There will also be a special supplement celebrating the 2013 Fastest 50 in the paper on Wednesday, October 9.

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