12 Northern companies made it onto this year’s Sunday Times Tech Track 100 League Table, published yesterday.
The league table ranks the 100 fastest-growing private tech businesses in the UK based on sales figures for each company over the last three years and has been updated every year since it launched back in 2001.
Here’s who and how they ranked:
Rank 12: ImpulsePay – Newcastle-based mobile payment technology
Rank 27: RealityMine – Manchester-based market research software
Rank 34: ESP Group – Hull-based mass-transit smartcards
Rank 37: Performance Horizon – Newcastle-based marketing software developer
Rank 38: Salecycle – Tyne and Wear-based marketing technology developer
Rank 49: Trak Global – Crewe-based vehicle-tracking technology
Rank 50: Neuven – Manchester-based staff administration software
Rank 51: LPW Technology – Cheshire-based metal powder manufacturer
Rank 52: Cloud Technology Solutions – Manchester-based cloud software developer
Rank 65: Zuto – Cheshire-based car finance specialist
Rank 82: GBM Digital – Manchester-based IT consultancy
Rank 99: LoveEnergySavings.com – Bolton-based energy price comparison site
*Source: Sunday Times Tech Track 100 League Table
How does this compare to the 2015 league table?
The number of Northern companies featured is up on last year’s league table, for which 10 companies featured, a number of whom made a repeat appearance this year. Those featured last year were Neuven (ranked #2), Ontrac (ranked #21), Zuto (ranked #28), GBM Digital (ranked #31), ESP Group (ranked #32), Nostrum Group (ranked #75), Avector (ranked #77), Visualsoft (ranked #82), Aspire Technology Solutions (ranked #96) and SITS Group (ranked #98).
And before that?
The number of Northern companies featured on the league table has fluctuated between nine and 14 each year since it launched in 2001.
Number 1 hits and repeat appearances
UK Fast was ranked #1 in 2011 while The Hut Group made it to the top spot in 2009. And a number of companies have made repeat appearances over the years including The Test People, Music Magpie, The Hut Group, Nomad Digital and Neoss.
Malcolm Cowley and Paul Fellows of Performance Horizon receive a special mention in the full Sunday Times Tech Track supplement for the fact that they previously featured on the 2007 league table with their then business Buy.at which they reportedly sold to AOL in 2008 for $125m (then #64m).
Ones to watch
Manchester-based online entertainment community The Lad Bible featured on the ‘ones to watch’ list – those companies who didn’t meet the criteria for the main league table, but who are set to grow rapidly in the future.
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