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Bradford School of Management research continues to find Yorkshire's fastest growing companies


A University of Bradford School of Management PhD student is becoming something of an expert in Yorkshire's fastest growing companies thanks to an annual research project.

Andreas Chronopoulos, who has also previously lectured in Human Resource Management at Bradford School of Management, has been compiling the Yorkshire Fastest 50 list for past five years.

The list is compiled annually in associated with law firm Ward Hadaway to highlight the 50 fastest growing, private companies in the county. The results are published, along with a 12-page supplement, by the Yorkshire Post.

Ward Hadaway also hosts an awards ceremony at Aspire in Leeds to celebrate the achievements.

Andreas has been researching and putting together the Yorkshire Fastest 50 list since 2011.

It was Andreas’s PhD supervisors, Dr Jo McBride and Prof Peter Prowse, who first mentioned the project to him.

“I am a self-funded PhD student so I was trying to find a way of supporting myself.,” said Andreas. “I had sent out letters and emails to lots of companies offering my expertise, but I hadn’t had much success. When Jo mentioned Ward Hadaway were looking for someone to take over their Yorkshire Fastest 50 research I jumped at the chance.”

Andreas uses financial analytic software to work out which companies have grown the fastest over the previous 12 months, with company mergers not counting.

His PhD thesis is titled Working from Home in the Clinical Trials Sector: A Case Study of Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) in the UK, which he hopes to finish before the end of the year.

Andreas currently works for King’s College London at King’s Health Partners Clinical Trials Office.

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