Yorkshire's fastest growing 50 companies

... for 2016

in alphabetical order:

  • Advanced Forwarding Limited, Bradford; logistics and international freight forwarding services
  • AJ Foam Ltd, Dewsbury, manufacturers and stocks memory mattresses, pillows and mattress toppers
  • Auto Silicone Hoses, Mirfield, the UK’s largest manufacturer, distributor and stockist of performance silicone hoses and performance race parts for the automotive sector
  • Caval Limited, Leeds: Caval is a construction recruitment specialist which operates across a range of sectors. Clients include Laing O’Rourke, Balfour Beatty and Interserve
  • Chippindale Plant, Leeds, provides a hire and sales service to the construction sector with products including plant, tools, attachments and site accommodation
  • Concept Recruitment, Leeds, recruitment specialist in the industrial, technical, driving, on-site managed service and healthcare and clinical sectors
  • Conservatory Outlet, Wakefield, a UK-wide network of home improvement companies, specialising in the installation of double glazing windows, replacement doors, conservatories and bespoke orangeries
  • Construction Marine Ltd, Leeds, civil engineering specialist’s services including rail construction and maintenance, highway maintenance and marine civil engineering
  • Corinthian Brands Limited, Knaresborough, manufactures and sells a range of soft and alcoholic drinks.
  • D.M. Keith Ltd, Leeds, motor dealership
  • Drawn Metal Group, Leeds, shopfront and façade specialist
  • ESP Systex, Hul, provides online payment and ticketing solutions
  • Express Bi-folding Doors, Leeds, leading specialist manufacturer and installer of bespoke aluminium folding, sliding door, aluminium window and roofing products
  • Ford Windows, Sheffield, manufactures and installs PVCu windows, doors and conservatories
  • GB Terminals (Northern) Limited, Grimsby, part of the GBA Group, which provides transport and logistical services to motor manufacturers and shipping lines
  • GH Brooks, Harrogate, builder’s merchant
  • Global Autocare, Leeds, vehicle maintenance centre
  • Guardian Electrical Solutions Limited, Sheffield, provider of electrical safety services, specifically inspection and testing of fixed installations
  • Harron Group Limited, Leeds, housebuilder across Yorkshire and the Midlands
  • High Seat Holdings Ltd, Batley, maker of hand-made furniture
  • High Street TV, Harrogate:, shopping channel retailer includng TV, online, print sales and via high street chains
  • Hudson Contract Services, Bridlington, audit, contract and payroll services to the construction industry
  • K Rouse Civil Engineers, Leeds, subcontractor in roads & sewers infrastructure, commercial and residential groundworks, civil engineering, and specialist works for the rail, utility and power sectors
  • Mac’s Transport (Northern) Limited, Huddersfield, truck sales
  • Magma Ceramics & Catalysts, Dewsbury, manufacturer and global supplier of a range of refractory, ceramic and catalyst materials and technology
  • Martech UK Ltd, Dewsbury, designer, manufacturer and supplier a range of lighting solutions to original equipment manufacturers
  • Meridian Motor Group Limited, Knaresborough, operates franchised car dealerships across the North of England and the Midlands
  • Microgard Ltd, Hull, manufacturer of chemical protective clothing for workers
  • Morris & Co (Handlers) Limited, Doncaster, scrap metal processing and recycling company
  • Mosaic Print Management, York, offers business services in marketing, financial print, direct mail, stationery and corporate gifts
  • Navartis Limited, Doncaster, specialist project-focused technical recruitment company in the global transportation, civil engineering and utility industries
  • PC Specialist Ltd, Wakefield, sells a range of computers
  • Penmoor UK Ltd, Huddersfield, rents and leases a range of equipment and machinery
  • Pet Brands, Dewsbury, designs and manufactures accessories and treats for pets and wild birds, globally
  • Platinum Stairlifts, Keighley, manufactures and supplies domestic curved and straight stairlifts for UK and international customersPrinciple UK, Huddersfield, part of the Principle group, which provides a range of brand implementation services to global brands
  • Riverside Motors, Barnsley, car dealership operates from locations across Yorkshire
  • RPP Group Holdings, Leeds, specialises in providing quantity surveying services
  • Serius Group Limited, York, specialises in metal recycling services
  • SICL, Leeds, specialising in IT service and solutions to customers in the corporate, SME and public sector
  • Simon Gibson Transport, Goole, transport company specialising in bulk powder and granular product transport, handling and storage
  • Smith Bros, Doncaster, services all areas of mainland Britain with electrical maintenance and installation equipment
  • SportsShoes.com, Shipley, sells a range of specialist sport shoes, equipment and clothing
  • Strata Homes Limited, Doncaster, home builder across Yorkshire and the Midlands
  • Styrene Packaging & Insulation Ltd, Bradford, manufacturer of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation, building and packaging products
  • Triton Construction Ltd, Liversedge, provides construction services across the North of England
  • Vickers Oils, Leeds, global supplier of high performance, speciality textile oils
  • Walker Modular, Hull, manufactures and supplies of bathroom and kitchen ‘pods’ to hotels, student accommodation specialists and hospitals
  • Xiros, Leeds, develops a range of implants, fixation devices and surgical techniques
  • York Mailing Limited, York, printer of short lead time, high volume, press-finished retail flyers, media inserts and leaflets

Source: The companies in this list have been selected from a table of the fastest growing profit-making, private, regional companies, based on turnover growth for the last three years to 31 December 2015, as compiled by researchers at Bradford University School of Management for Ward Hadaway, using data which is publicly available at Companies House of UK listed companies


Page updated March 2016


What does volunteering involve?

A group of volunteers picking up litterIt's about spending some of your free time doing something that helps other people, the community or the environment

... you don't get paid but you will gain lots of other things

If you volunteer you'll:

  • be helping your local community
  • meet new people - helping some of them
  • get some useful work experience
  • increase your confidence
  • feel good about helping other people
  • give you something to put on a CV or in an application form and talk about at interview.

All kinds of people feel better about themselves after volunteering.

Whoever you are there is always something you can do to help others, listening to someone or making them a cup of tea can be enough to help someone. There is a volunteer job for everyone and if you're worried or you need some help to volunteer, that's available too.

You can choose from a range of volunteering jobs that use your existing skills and/or help you develop new skills. The amount of time you volunteer is up to you, there are all kinds of volunteer opportunities where you can help during the week, at weekends, during the day or in the evenings.

You don't need to provide anything, you should be provided with the tools or equipment needed to do your volunteering. And other than getting to the organisation, it shouldn't cost you anything - some charities may even have funding to help volunteers get to and from their organisation. If you work with children and some adults you may need to be DBS checked to make sure you are the right kind of person to do this work.

Why not contact one of the following to find out more:

Need extra support to volunteer?

If you need it, volunteers may be able to help you too:

Page updated November 2017

Qualifications have a big affect on pay

Usually the higher your qualifications, the more you're paid

The graph below shows ...

... the average gross weekly pay of full-time employees aged 16-64 by highest qualification held as researched in Quarter 1, January to March 2017 in England

Pay and qualifications graph 2017

  • Level 4 and above = for example, higher national certicate or diploma, foundation degree or degree
  • Level 3 = A level or BTEC National Diploma
  • Level 2 = 4 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 or A* to C or BTEC First
Source: Labour Force Survey 2017;
Note: the graph above does not include earnings from any additional part-time jobs/work employees may have

Those with higher qualifications tend to earn more:

  • businesses expect to increase the number of jobs, where leadership and management skills, and higher skills are needed
  • demand for people with higher level skills is expected to be the strongest in engineering, manufacturing and construction
  • there will be more competition for lower skilled jobs in the future.
    Sources: Gateway to growth: CBI / Pearson education and skill survey; The Future of Work, UKCES; Winning the Global Race, IPPR

Remember qualifications alone are not enough, skills, experience and attitude are just as important.

So if you want to earn more you need to get the best qualifications you can, consider an apprenticeship or college course, you may earn less in the short term but you should earn more for the rest of your life.


Page updated July 2017

Vacancies placed with C&K Careers Recruitline...

...are mainly apprenticeships, trainee positions and entry level jobs

Some facts:

  • the number and type of vacancies varies depending on the time of year
  • you can go straight on to an apprenticeship - not ready? Ask about traineeships or other training
  • most job areas recruit new entrants but some take very few 16 to 18 year olds
  • apprentices move into other jobs for example, if you start in office and admin you might move into marketing, HR or logistics
  • some employers find it hard to fill their vacancies and some school leavers think there are no jobs, so they choose other options such as college.

The number of vacancies in each sector placed with our Recruitline team between:

Most of the vacancies placed with Recruitline are apprenticeships - employers want new entrants who are keen on training. Recruitline is not told about all local apprenticeships, so as well as searching our Recruitline vacancies 220wx24h, also search the National Apprenticeship Service website, both are here.

1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016:

Recruitline vacancies 2016 jpeg

Compare the above graph with the one for the same period in 2014:2015:

Vacancy Graph 2015

Compare the above graph with the one for the same period in 2015:

Jan2014 Dec2014 vacancies graph





Page updated September 2016




Running your own business

Self employment young woman on the phoneIf you want to run your own business or develop a business idea...

... there's lots to think about:

  • what is your business offering?
  • who will be your customers - is there a market for your products or service?
  • where and how will you run your business?
  • what is the competition?
  • how do you let people know about your offer?
  • what will it cost to start your business?
  • what will you live off until your business makes a profit?

You'll need to find out about any laws that apply to your business and about things like tax and National Insurance, so it's important to get advice early.

If you are going to run a successful business, you'll neeed to make sure you have the right skills, do your research and write a business plan - if you want to borrow money to help you get started a plan is very important.

Around 20% of new businesses fail in their first year and 50% fail in their first three years. Department for Business.

Still interested?

There is plenty of information on self-employment and the support available to make sure YOU succeed.


  • Login and search careersinfo logo for 'self-employment' to find our leaflets with lots of information on starting a business

Check out these websites for courses, funding and advice:

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