York­shire Fastest 50 re­turns for 2019

The York­shire Fastest 50 hon­ours bright­est and best

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE - Greg Wright DEPUTY BUSI­NESS ED­I­TOR @greg­wrightyp

Hon­ours:

An awards cer­e­mony that places the spot­light on the re­gion’s fastest grow­ing firms will be staged again this year.

Over the last eight years, The York­shire Post and the top 100 law firm Ward Had­away have joined forces to or­gan­ise the York­shire Fastest 50, which hon­ours the in­no­va­tive and dy­namic en­trepreneurs who are bring­ing jobs and in­vest­ment to our re­gion. This year’s win­ners will be an­nounced in March.

AN awards cer­e­mony that places the spot­light on the re­gion’s fastest grow­ing firms will be staged again this year.

The Over the last eight years, York­shire Post

and the top 100 law firm Ward Had­away have joined forces to or­gan­ise the York­shire Fastest 50, which hon­ours the in­no­va­tive and dy­namic en­trepreneurs who are bring­ing jobs and in­vest­ment to our re­gion.

The event has at­tracted a host of fa­mous speak­ers, in­clud­ing the Shadow Brexit Sec­re­tary Sir Keir Starmer, who spoke at last year’s awards. Pre­vi­ous win­ners of the Fastest 50 have gone on to achieve suc­cess at home and abroad.

Three fast-grow­ing busi­nesses are cel­e­brat­ing con­tin­ued growth and suc­cess since win­ning the 2018 Ward Had­away Fastest 50 Awards.

Leeds-based Pure Re­tire­ment took home awards for the Fastest Grow­ing Large Busi­ness and Over- all Fastest Grow­ing Busi­ness at the 2018 event.

Paul Carter, the CEO of Pure Re­tire­ment, said: “Win­ning as pres­ti­gious an ac­co­lade as Fastest Grow­ing Busi­ness in the York­shire Fastest 50 has al­lowed us to stand out from our com­peti­tors in an in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket­place and has acted as a cel­e­bra­tion of the way we con­duct busi­ness.

“It’s al­lowed our work­force to see that the great work they do on a daily ba­sis is ap­pre­ci­ated not only by the rest of the com­pany, or even the wider in­dus­try in which we op­er­ate, but across the wider re­gion.”

Founded in 2011, Sh­effield­based tech firm Az­zure IT helps or­gan­i­sa­tions across the UK to im­prove their pro­duc­tiv­ity through smart busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tions. The com­pany has achieved sig­nif­i­cant growth over the years and now em­ploys more than 70 peo­ple.

The com­pany is ranked 29th in the North­ern Tech 100 league, has been listed in the Deloitte Tech Fast500 EMEA over the past three years. The com­pany was in­cluded in the 2018 Fi­nan­cial Times Fu­ture 100 UK List of fast grow­ing com­pa­nies in the UK.

Craig Such, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Az­zure IT, said: “Win­ning the Fastest Grow­ing Small Busi­ness Award in last year’s Ward Had­away Fastest 50 awards has been great recog­ni­tion of the hard work and im­pres­sive re­sults our team has pro­duced, and the ac­knowl­edge­ment of this was a mas­sive boost to com­pany morale.

“It has al­ready gained us more cred­i­bil­ity among both our ex­ist­ing cus­tomers, and prospec­tive cus­tomers, show­ing that Az­zure IT is a busi­ness that is go­ing places and has been for­mally es­tab­lished as a fast grow­ing busi­ness amongst its peers.”

Pro­duc­tion Park based in South Kirkby, de­signs and builds stages for some of the big­gest names in the mu­sic in­dus­try,

It won last year’s Fastest Grow­ing Medium-Sized Busi­ness at the eighth York­shire Fastest 50 Awards in March.

The com­pany also col­lected a trio of other awards in just one week last year.

HIGH PRO­FILE: Sir Keir Starmer was the guest speaker at last year’s awards when Pure Re­tire­ment won the over­all fastest grow­ing busi­ness.

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