Tech Track 100

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The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 is one of seven lists of top performing British companies in a variety of categories. Published each September by British newspaper The Sunday Times in their business section, the lists are compiled by Fast Track,[1] a British research company. For the Tech Track, the top 100 private technology, digital media and telecoms (TMT) companies are ranked based on their average sales growth over the previous three years leading up to the award year.[2][3][4][5][6]

The Tech Track was first published in 2001 and a mention on the list has come to represent "a mark of distinction"[7] for British companies. A place in the rankings helps to boost publicity. Companies that have previously appeared on the list have moved on to forge a strong position in the market, some even becoming household names.[7]

The most recent Tech Track 100 list was published on 16 September 2012, as a supplement in The Sunday Times, with title sponsor Hiscox. Previous title sponsors were BDO in 2011[5] and Deloitte in 2010.[1]

Criteria[edit]

Companies that have made it on the Tech Track rank typically:

  • are privately owned and run by entrepreneurs, families or senior executives.[8]
  • are primarily technology, telecoms and digital media providers[1][4]
  • have between 20 and 200 staff[6]
  • have average 3 year sales growth ranging from 40% pa to 280% pa[6]
  • have sales ranging from £5m - £50m[6]
  • are based primarily in Britain[8]

2012 Tech Track 100 list[edit]

The 2012 Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table ranked the top 100 of Britain's private technology, digital media and telecoms (TMT) companies that demonstrated the fastest sales growth over the preceding three years, between 2008 and 2011, or between 2009 and 2012.[4][6] Hiscox, an insurance service provider, was the title sponsor for the 12th annual awards, held in London and published in the Sundays Times newspaper on 15 September 2012.[5][9]

The 2012 Tech Track included a new category, Ones to Recognise, for the first time since the inaugural awards in 1997. This is a list of five companies which demonstrate strong potential but did not make it into the top 100 spots.

2012 Top 1-20 Rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity Sales growth (% per annum) Notes
1 Essence[10][11] Digital marketing agency 283.94 http://www.essencedigital.com/
2 LycaMobile[12][13] International telecoms operator 247.25 http://www.lycamobile.com/
3 Wonga.com[14] Online money lender 244.57 http://www.wonga.com/
4 MobileWebAdz[8][15][16] Mobile advertising provider 217.72 http://www.mobilewebadz.com/
5 ZBD Solutions[7] E-paper display developer 212.80 http://www.zbdsolutions.com/
6 musicMagpie.co.uk Online entertainment trader 191.31 http://www.musicmagpie.co.uk/
7 Nomad Digital Transport communications provider 185.69 http://www.uknomad.com/
8 WageDayAdvance Online money lender 171.85 http://www.wagedayadvance.co.uk/
9 AlertMe Smart home monitoring provider 168.99 http://www.alertme.com/
10 Unruly Media Video advertising distributor 157.61 http://www.unrulymedia.com/
11 Equal Experts Software developer 154.90 http://www.equalexperts.com/
12 Ubiquisys[9] Telecoms services provider 151.82 http://www.ubiquisys.com/
13 Asperity Employee Benefits Employee benefits provider 145.13 http://www.asperity.co.uk/
14 Evance Wind Turbines Wind turbines developer 144.28 http://www.evancewind.com/
15 BCS Global Video-conferencing services provider 138.49 http://www.bcsglobal.com/
16 MedicAnimal Online pet retailer 118.42 http://www.medicanimal.com/
17 Skyscanner.net Flight comparison website 118.20 http://www.skyscanner.net/
18 Bowman Power Electrical turbogenerator developer 116.99 http://www.bowmanpower.com/
19 Rarewaves Entertainment retailer 113.40 http://www.rarewaves.com/
20 Omnifone[8] Digital music provider 106.28 http://www.omnifone.com/

Previous rankings[edit]

2011 top ten rankings[edit]

2012 top ten rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity Sales growth (% per annum) Notes
1 Wonga.com[2] Online money lender 361.29 http://www.wonga.com/
2 Reward Gateway Employee Benefits Employee benefits provider 266.52 http://uk.rewardgateway.com/
3 GadjetSupply.com Premium Mobile Phone Accessories supplier 205.21 http://www.gadjetsupply.com/
4 Fixnetix Financial trading services provider 191.13 http://www.fixnetix.com/
5 XConnect Telecoms services provider 171.68 http://www.xconnect.net/
6 I Spy Digital marketing agency 169.63 http://www.ispymarketing.com/
7 Telemetry Online video delivery and analysis 168.54 http://www.telemetry.com/
8 The Hut Group Online retailer 141.62 http://www.thehut.com/
9 Peach Telecom Telecoms services provider 137.36 http://www.peachtelecom.co.uk/
10 Smart Traffic Digital marketing agency 129.36

2010 top ten rankings[edit]

2010 top ten rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity Sales growth (% per annum) Notes
1 PKR 3D poker website operator 356.44 http://www.pkr.com/
2 Mimecast Email management services provider 173.14 http://www.mimecast.com/
3 Quickstart Global IT services provider 167.89 http://www.quickstartglobal.com/
4 The Hut Group Online retailer 161.92 http://www.thehut.com/
5 Adconion Media Group Digital advertising distributor 149.65 http://www.adconion.com/
6 Monumental Games Computer games developer 146.31 http://www.monumentalgames.com/
7 Shebang Point-of-sale software developer 136.58 http://www.shebang.net/
8 Forward Internet Group Media technology developer 120.04 http://www.forward.co.uk/
9 GPEG LCD display developer 119.92 http://www.gpegint.com/
10 Sciemus Risk-analysis software developer 118.46 http://www.sciemus.com/

2009 top ten rankings[edit]

2009 Top ten rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity Sales growth (% per annum) Notes
1 The Hut Group Online retailer 188.77 http://www.thehut.com/
2 ApaTech Bone graft manufacturer 180.08 http://www.apatech.com/
3 wewillbuyyourcar.com Online car dealer 177.88 http://www.wewillbuyyourcar.com/
4 Mobica Mobile phone application designer 174.92 http://www.mobica.com/
5 Phyworks Integrated circuits developer 168.03 http://www.phyworks-ic.com/
6 Skrill Online payment provider 152.40 http://www.moneybookers.com/
7 Geo Networks Fibre optic network provider 146.29 http://www.geo-uk.net/
8 Ubisense Precision location technology provider 127.89 http://www.ubisense.net/
9 LOVEFILM.com Online DVD rental provider 127.78 http://www.lovefilm.com/
10 The Cloud Wireless broadband service provider 113.20 http://www.thecloud.net/

2008 top ten rankings[edit]

2008 top ten rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity Sales growth (% per annum) Notes
1 Mobile Interactive Group Mobile and digital technology provider 422.30 http://www.migcan.com/
2 LOVEFILM.com Online DVD rental provider 239.28 http://www.lovefilm.com/
3 Netbasic Website developer 235.30 http://www.netbasic.co.uk/
4 Timico Converged communications provider 205.70 http://www.timico.co.uk/
5 ApaTech Bone graft manufacturer 204.57 http://www.apatech.com/
6 Tideway Systems Software developer 184.01 http://www.tideway.com/
7 NEG Telecom Telecoms services provider 175.40 http://www.networkeuropegroup.com/
8 The Hut Group Online retailer 173.07 http://www.thehut.com/
9 Tomorrow Communications IT network provider 153.11 http://www.tomorrowcomms.com/
10 Forward Internet Group Media technology developer 151.91 http://www.forward.co.uk/

2007 top ten rankings[edit]

2007 top ten rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity Sales growth (% per annum) Notes
1 Holiday Rooms Direct Online hotel agency 513.98 http://www.holidayroomsdirect.com/
2 Codian Video conferencing 489.49 http://www.codian.com/
3 The Best Of Community website franchisor 486.31
4 AMV Holding Mobile content provider 467.00 http://www.amvholding.com/
5 LOVEFILM.com Online DVD rental provider 367.92 http://www.lovefilm.com/
6 Pitch Entertainment Mobile services provider 326.42 http://www.pitch.tv/
7 Stirk Lamont & Associates ICT consultancy 317.64 http://www.sla-ltd.com/
8 NEG Telecom Telecoms services provider 265.73 http://www.networkeuropegroup.com/
9 buy.at Online marketer 254.10 http://www.buy.at/
10 Timico Converged communications provider 253.99 http://www.timico.co.uk/

2006 top ten rankings[edit]

2006 top ten rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity Sales growth (% per annum) Notes
1 Gamesys Gaming website operator 301.48 http://www.gamesyscorporate.com/
2 Apertio Mobile telecoms software developer 299.50 http://www.apertio.co.uk/
3 Pulsic Silicon chip software developer 272.31 http://www.pulsic.com/
3 The Search Works Search engine advertiser 272.31 http://www.thesearchworks.com/
5 Redtray E-learning software developer 253.19 http://www.redtray.co.uk/
6 ITM Soil Soil testing equipment maker 249.32 http://www.itm-ltd.com/
7 Mobile Fun Online retailer 237.83 http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/
8 Vivo Technologies Communication accessories provider 204.30 http://www.pdamods.com/
9 Assima E-learning software publisher 195.02 http://www.assima.net/
10 Latitude Digital marketing agenc 191.42 http://www.searchlatitude.com/

2005 top ten rankings[edit]

2005 top ten rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity Sales growth (% per annum) Notes
1 Daisy Communications Telecoms service provider 457.77 http://www.daisycommunications.co.uk/
2 iFone Wireless games publisher 357.94 http://www.ifone.com/
3 Intelligent Energy Clean power systems developer 327.09 http://www.intelligent-energy.com/
4 Total PDA Online multimedia retailer 288.11 http://www.totalpda.co.uk/
5 Marketpipe Financial software developer 271.41 http://www.marketpipe.com/
6 Gamma Telecom Telecoms network operator 261.32 http://www.gammatelecom.com/
7 Betfair Online bookmaker 231.00 http://www.betfaircorporate.com/
8 MX Telecom Wireless technology developer 228.91 http://www.mxtelecom.com/
9 Clearswift Security software developer 215.75 http://www.clearswift.com/
10 Argogroup Testing software developer 211.26 http://www.argogroup.com/

Other published lists[edit]

Tech Track 100 is one of seven business lists produced by "Fast Track" and published in the Sunday Times, which also include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "SSP named the UK's 23rd biggest private company by Sunday Times Deloitte Top Track survey". 21 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Hobson, Sophie (6 June 2012). "Can Wonga become Facebook for finance? Interview with Errol Damelin". Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Patersons Ranks No. 27 in Tech Track 10". 1 October 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 Sponsorship". 
  5. ^ a b c Chesterton, Nina. "Sunday times/BDO Tech Track 100 League Table". 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Tech Track 100 programme". 
  7. ^ a b c "ZBD ranks 5th in Sunday Times Tech Track 100 League Table of Britain's Fastest Growing Technology Firms". 17 September 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d Cett, Hans (24 September 2012). "Mobile firms do well in Tech Track 100 league". Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Day, Keith (15 November 2012). "Ubiquisys collects Tech Track 100 award as one of Britain’s fastest-growing private technology companies". Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Essence ranks number 1 in Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track". 17 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Tech trailblazers take the honours". The Sunday Times. 18 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Lycamobile celebrates 2nd place in the Tech Track 100". 28 September 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Withers, Paul (20 September 2012). "Lycamobile ranked as runner up in Tech Track 100". 
  14. ^ "Wonga, Tech City and entrepreneurialism". 23 October 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  15. ^ Corcoran, Sorcha (25 September 2012). "MobileWebAdz fourth fastest growing tech company in the UK". Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Fast-growing mobile ad firm considers opening office in Ireland". 27 September 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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