50 fastest growing companies in Greater Manchester

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The list of Greater Manchester’s fastest-growing companies has been announced.

The 2019 Greater Manchester Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 celebrates the achievements of the profitable, privately-owned companies in the region which have seen the biggest average turnover growth in the last three years.

An associated Awards event is organised by law firm Ward Hadaway and has been backed this year by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and University of Salford Business School. The 2019 Fastest 50 Awards will take place on 10th May at Royal Exchange Theatre.

Paul Johnson, Executive Partner in Ward Hadaway’s Greater Manchester office, said: “We are very proud to present the Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 once again. At this time of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to celebrate the businesses and organisations that strive to make a difference.

“The list demonstrates the companies which are succeeding in growing their businesses, creating jobs and prosperity and attracting investment into the area.

“It is these companies which are the growth drivers of the Manchester economy and they deserve the accolades and the attention which being in the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 brings them.”

The Greater Manchester Fastest 50 list is compiled using publicly available financial data from Companies House.

Here is the Fastest 50 for 2019 in alphabetical order:

Abbott Informatics, Sale

This Sale-based company delivers laboratory data management software solutions for a variety of sectors, including pharmaceutical and biotech, manufacturing, food and drink, public health and forensics.

Amelia Knight, Knutsford

Established in 1998, this organisation supplies private label and branded cosmetics to retailers in the beauty industry around the world.

American Essentials International Limited, Oldham

Oldham-based American Essentials licence the rights to sell Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger socks worldwide and in North America respectively.

Amoria Bond, Manchester

Established in 2006, this Manchester-based recruitment consultant trades in over 40 countries from its UK base and specialises in the technology, SAP, energy, engineering, banking and finance and life sciences sectors.

Antala Ltd, Stockport

This company was established in 1999 and specialises in the sale and implementation of chemical products and specialised equipment for industrial companies.

Aptus Utilities, Bolton

Aptus Utilities make the Fastest 50 list for an impressive fourth year in a row. They design, build and install gas, water, electricity and street lighting infrastructure for housing developers and construction clients.

ASM Technologies Limited, Winsford

Winsford-based ASM Technologies provides IT and technology-based supplier rationalisation of non-core and non-focus hardware, software and services.

Bryden Capital Ltd, Manchester

Bryden Capital Ltd is the parent company of the Bryden Capital group of companies which operates as a venture capitalist investment company as well as providing accountancy, HR and business administration services for a wide range of organisations.

Candour Logistics, Warrington

From its base in Warrington, Candour Logistics offers logistics and freight forwarding services worldwide for customers ranging from SMEs to PLCs.

Cardinal Maritime, Manchester

This logistics company has been in operation for over 20 years and provides shipping import and export services, transport and warehousing and air and road services.

Castlefield, Manchester

Headquartered in Manchester with further operations in the Midlands, London and the South East, and the South West, Castlefield are investment and advisory businesses. They appear in the Greater Manchester Fastest 50 list for the third year in a row.

Chrystal Consulting, Manchester

This Manchester-based organisation provides capital, lease and managed service related advisory services to over 100 Public Sector organisations. They were crowned last year’s fastest growing large company.

Converge TS, Daresbury

Converge TS offers a fully managed private cloud service tailored for law firms. They make it a hat-trick of appearances in the Greater Manchester Fastest 50 list after finishing 16th in 2017 and 8th in 2018.

CorpAcq, Altrincham

CorpAcq was formed in 2006 and are a corporate acquisitions and investments group with over 30 companies in their portfolio. They also made last year’s Fastest 50 list.

Crown Oil Limited, Bury

Established in 1928 when Harry Greensmith began selling lamp oil door to door in Heywood, Crown Oil now supply diesel, kerosene, industrial heating oil, domestic heating oil and lubricants nationwide.

DOMU Brands, Manchester

This online retailer sells a variety of lifestyle brands for the kitchen, home and garden, beauty storage, health and fitness and petware.

Eccleston Homes, Warrington

This housebuilder broke Fastest 50 records last year by becoming the first company ever to win the overall fastest growing business trophy for two consecutive years.

EDM Ltd, Manchester

Another company to return to the list for a second year in a row are this Manchester-based company which provides training simulators to the civil aviation, defence, rail and other industries.

Forrest Fresh Foods, Rochdale

This wholesale soft drinks and confectionary supplier deliver products nationwide from its Rochdale base.

Godel Technologies, Manchester

This software development company makes it a hat-trick of appearances in the Fastest 50 list after finishing 19th in 2017 and 10th last year. Employing over 300 people at its offices in Manchester, London and Belarus, it has worked with companies including Jet2.com, Experian and The Trainline.

Harry Peers Steelwork, Bolton

Established in 1933, this Bolton-based company specialise in the project management, design, fabrication and erection of structural steelwork contracts within the petrochemical, process, pharmaceutical and nuclear industries.

IMS Euro Limited, Stockport

Suppliers of non-pharmaceutical medical products to doctors and veterinary surgeons, this Stockport-based business makes the Greater Manchester Fastest 50 list for the third year in a row.

Inrix Holdings UK Ltd, Altrincham

Founded in 2005, this organisation provides internet services and data mobility relating to road traffic and driver services.

InXpress, Rochdale

InXpress partner with DHL, UPS & UK Mail to provide courier services for their customers throughout the UK.

Kingsland Drinks, Manchester

This company dates back to 1844, with the production of wines and spirits beginning in 1955 when they became the first business to use the Manchester shipping canal to transport wine.

LEHVOSS UK Limited, Congleton

LEHVOSS UK are the UK subsidiary of Hamburg-based Lehmanne Vosse Co. Since 1990 they have been supplying raw materials such as paint and coatings, rubber and personal care to a variety of sectors around the UK.

Medlock FRB, Oldham

This specialist fit-out, refurb and new-build contractor has its own bespoke joinery manufacturing facility. They were established in 2007.

MedTrade Products Limited, Crewe

Founded in 1999, MedTrade are a medical device and woundcare developer and manufacturer.

Merlin Diesel Systems Ltd, Preston

This company has over 70 years’ experience of designing and manufacturing diesel injector and pump testing service equipment, working closely with Bosch, Delphi, Disno and VDO. They also have offices in London and China.

Molloy Investments Limited, Cheadle

This Cheadle-based construction and civil engineering business also made the 2018 Fastest 50 list.

Neuven Solutions, Manchester

Neuven Solutions works to help companies reduce the cost of getting temporary agency and locum staff, acting as a ‘neutral vendor’ between employment agencies and businesses looking to bring in staff. It also provides auditing and training services. They last appeared in the Fastest 50 list in 2017.

Norwest Foods International, Knutsford

Founded in 1998, this Knutsford-based importer and exporter of fresh and frozen meats, now also has offices in Ireland, Poland, Spain, China, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and Morocco.

Orbital Education, Cheadle

This company owns and operates international schools around the world that deliver the English National Curriculum to students between the ages of  two and 18.

Ovalseal Limited, Cheadle

A holding company, which through its subsidiaries, operates hospital and healthcare centres for people with functional mental illness and learning disabilities.

PHMG, Manchester

This audio branding company has clients across the globe including Jaguar, Audi, Samsung and Adidas. This will be the fourth time they have made the Fastest 50 list.

Proseal UK Limited, Adlington

Proseal are a manufacturer of tray sealing machinery for the food industry. They also appeared in the 2016 and 2018 Fastest 50 lists.

Quint Group, Macclesfield

The Quint Group are an operator of fintech businesses with a presence in the USA, Poland, China, South Africa and Australia. This is the second year in a row they have made the Fastest 50 list.

Renaker Build Limited, Manchester

This real estate company, established in 2006, delivers large-scale residential-led projects and currently have 2,900 new homes under construction.

Republic of Media, Manchester

This media agency count bet365, Magners, Highland Spring and Velux amongst their clients.

Sapphire Utility Solutions, Preston

This company were founded in 2013 and works to maintain water, wastewater and gas utilities from its Preston base. It also made last year’s Fastest 50 list.

Spinney, Crewe

Spinney is a family-run motorhome and caravan dealership, established in 1975. The company finished 31st in the 2018 Fastest 50 list.

St Pierre Groupe, Manchester

St Pierre Groupe (formally known as Carrs Foods) is a business which has partnerships with bakeries around the world to supply its brands which include Paul Hollywood Ready to Bake Breads. They return to the Fastest 50 list for the second year in a row.

Swansway Group, Crewe

This family-owned business has more than 20 car and van dealerships across the North West, the Midlands and North Wales.

Syncro Fire & Security Limited, Warrington

This business provides bespoke fire protection and security solutions to commercial and industrial businesses across the country.

T&K Gallagher Ltd, Salford

This Salford company deliver and maintain turnkey solutions to provide water, gas, electricity and telecommunications supplies to their customers.

Telesis Ltd, Bolton

Telesis return to the Fastest 50 list for the second year in a row. They have over 30 years of experience in the telecoms sector.

The James Group, Manchester

Also in last year’s Fastest 50 list, The James Group deals in the sale of cars and motor vehicles.

Tiger Trailers, Winsford

This family-owned company has been manufacturing trailers and vehicle bodies since 1952.

Venturi Group, Wilmslow

This IT recruitment agency make it into the Fastest 50 list for an impressive fourth year in a row.

WCCTV, Rochdale

This Rochdale company manufactures redeployable CCTV, site security solutions and body worn cameras.

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