UK Technology Fast50October 23, 2008
Deloitte today released their “UK Technology Fast50” Report. It lists the fifty fastest growing technology companies in the UK.
“The 2008 Deloitte Fast 50 results bear testament to the vibrancy of the UK technology sector, even in challenging market conditions. Overall growth rates have in fact increased in the last 12 months – the average growth rate of the 2008 Fast 50 was 2161 per cent, up from (2318 per cent).
Last year’s winner would have been ranked third this year. The average revenue figures for the 2008 Deloitte Fast 50 are £17.3m.
David Halstead, Partner TMT practice and Fast 50 Chairman, Deloitte said: “The 2008 Deloitte Fast 50 provides a fascinating view of the evolving structure of the UK’s tech sector, with software and internet businesses making up the bulk of the fastest growing companies. While their products and services are at the extreme cutting edge of global technology, it is important to note that it is not just technology that makes these companies leaders in their sectors – it is about the quality of the people and their Intellectual Property that makes these businesses the success stories they are.”
To qualify for the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 award, companies must have met stringent criteria: to have been in business for over five years, be UK-owned, to have operating revenues of at least £34,000, to own proprietary technology or proprietary intellectual property that contributes to a significant portion of the company’s operating revenues; or to devote a significant proportion of revenues to the research and development of technology.”
Top of the list is Thunderhead Limited, a software vendor with a staggering growth of 28,558% in the last year. Ubisense also experienced five figure growth, at 15324%. What they do, to quote their website is “Ubisense precise real-time location solutions drive process improvement, delivering maximum ROI to our industrial customers by providing 15cm 3D accuracy, real-time sub-second response and proven robustness in challenging manufacturing environments across standard networks.”
What I find most interesting is the absences. Despite being a technology listing, open to any kind of technology manufacturer, there are no representatives from the renewable energy sector.
On a quick skim, there are only really five companies that actually ‘make’ anything physical (Ubisense, picoChip, CSR plc, Sensornet Ltd, Xtreme Business Solutions Ltd ).* I wonder when the government will pass the legislation required for a renewable sector company to make this list, it can surely only be a matter of time.
Miliband has been making the right noises about feed in tariffs, and potentially reducing the obstructions to offshore wind-farms. Will 2009 be the year? To exclude software from making something physical is a little glib, I admit.
|1||Thunderhead Limited||Software vendor||28558%||26||UK Digital Cameras Ltd||Online retailer||970%|
|2||Ubisense||Real-time location systems||15324%||27||Dezrez Services Limited||Software||965%|
|4||OB10||B2B invoicing network||3488%||29||Sponge Ltd||Mobile marketing agency||854%|
|5||Bigmouthmedia Ltd||Digital marketing agency||3357%||30||Rocela Limited||Software||844%|
|6||TH_NK Ltd||Digital agency||3137%||31||O-bitTelecom Limited||Telecommunications||829%|
|7||Broadbean Technology||Advertising distribution services||2882%||32||Memset||Internet hosting||823%|
|8||Content and Code Ltd||Software||2855%||33||Dynamic Change Ltd||Software||817%|
|9||Nexus Oncology Ltd||Clinical research||2614%||34||Wavex Technology Limited||IT services||816%|
|10||RapidSwitch Ltd||Internet hosting||2437%||35||Widget UK Ltd||IT distributor||800%|
|11||Digital Window Ltd||Online marketing solutions||2319%||36||Bluhalo Ltd||Digital marketing agency||779%|
|12||Redtray Limited||e-Learning solutions||2056%||37||How Splendid Ltd||Web design agency||779%|
|13||Coast Digital Limited||Digital marketing agency||1948%||38||iMeta Technologies Ltd||Software||734%|
|14||Greenlight||Search marketing agency||1749%||39||Chess plc||Telecommunications||723%|
|15||Opti-cal Survey Equipment||Optical survey equipment||1664%||40||StaffPlan||Software||704%|
|16||Assima||Technology solutions||1615%||41||Switch Media Plc||Internet services||682%|
|17||ByBox Holdings Ltd||Logistics||1340%||42||YouGov plc||Online research||667%|
|18||Daisy Communications||Communications||1202%||43||2ergo||Mobile marketing||624%|
|19||Bloxx||IT security||1182%||44||Virtual IT Limited||IT services||611%|
|20||Excelian Limited||IT consultancy||1175%||45||Mobile Commerce Ltd||Mobile search||590%|
|21||Miniclip Limited||Gaming||1171%||46||Valueworks||Internet software services||589%|
|22||Comtec Enterprises||ICT solutions||1052%||47||Lagan||Software||560%|
|23||CSR plc||Wireless devices||1027%||48||Bluefin Solutions||SAP solutions||549%|
|24||Sensornet Ltd||Fibre optic sensing solutions||1000%||49||Griffin Internet||IP products||523%|
|25||Xtreme Business Solutions Ltd||Cabling and telecoms suppliers||997%||50||Entanet International Ltd||Voice and data connectivity services||514%|
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