NBT Integrated Services took home a double win at the Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 Awards 2018. The Newcastle-based company won the awards for Fastest Growing Medium Business and Overall Fastest Growing Business at the event, which recognises and celebrates the fastest growing privately-owned companies across the region.
NBT Integrated Services provide stock control through the use of storeroom management and intelligent vending machines. The family-run firm, which was established 110 years ago, rose to the top of this year’s list of fast-growing businesses by growing its turnover by on average more than 78% a year over the past three years. The business provides supplychain management for manufacturing sites and carries out up to 40,000 transactions a month.
Toby Bridges, CEO, said: “I’m amazed that we are the fastest-growing company in the North East. I’ve done 25 years’ service and I’m marking 10 years as chief exec this month. So to be the fastest-growing company in the North East is just absolutely phenomenal. And thanks to my dad who has always been very supportive of me and let me bring on my ideas.
“It’s incredible to think that for 110 years we have supply-chain managed North East companies. My great-grandfather managed electrical spares for the trams that ran around Newcastle. My great-grandmother took over the business from him with her three daughters and managed lighting and telephones for the coal mines.
“When I took over from my dad, the business was in a much trickier market and the recession was incredibly difficult. All I wanted to do was ensure we moved on as a business so that we might have the opportunity to pass it on to the fifth generation.
“This award is an amazing accolade for the team around me. I recognise now how tough growth is and I’m truly thankful for them sticking by me, and developing most of my often random ideas. There were some brilliant people and companies in the Fastest 50 list, so I’m just humbled to be here.”
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