2006 Tech Track 100 league table - UK

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Rank Company
Activity
3-yr av sales growth
% pa
2005
sales
(£m)
2003
sales
(£m)
  Comment
1 Gamesys
Gaming website operator
301.48 9.5 0.6    Claims to pay out more than £1m a day in prize money
2 Apertio
Mobile telecoms software developer
299.50 8.5 0.5    Raised £17m, the second largest British technology investment in 2005
3 Pulsic
Silicon chip software developer
272.31 ‡3.0 0.2    Claims its automation software reduces chip design time by more than 90%
3 The Search Works
Search engine advertiser
272.31 *18.6 1.3    Helps likes of Comet and Trinity Mirror boost their internet search rankings
5 Redtray
E-learning software developer
253.19 4.5 0.4    Acquiring three firms in two years helped sales grow more than tenfold
6 itmsoil
Geotechnical monitoring services
249.32 4.6 0.4    Technology used in construction projects such as Heathrow's Terminal Five
7 Mobile Fun
Online retailer
237.83 7.5 0.7    Founded by a graduate software engineer when he was only 21 years old
8 Vivo Technologies
Communication accessories provider
204.30 3.9 *0.4    Integrates GPS technology into mounts for pocket PCs
9 Assima
E-learning software publisher
195.02 5.7 0.7    Four years after foundation, company is interested in floating
10 Latitude
Digital marketing agency
191.42 ‡*18.7 2.2    Reports its clients spend £1m a month advertising on Google
11 Road Angel
Car accessories developer
159.64 17.1 2.5    Claims its technology helps reduce road accidents by up to 50%
12 ByBox
Delivery systems operator
155.98 ‡12.6 1.9    Delivers more than 3m parcels a year through its electronic boxes
13 BDP Media Group
Learning software developer
151.81 11.0 1.7    Its online training courses tackle bullying in the workplace
14 Digital Window
Online marketer
137.30 4.6 0.8    Founded with profits from a Madonna fan tour
15 Liquidlogic
Collaborative software developer
137.03 3.5 0.6    Launched with proceeds from sale of co-founders' previous company
16 Red Gate Software
Database software developer
134.84 4.3 0.8    Says its software has 200,000 users, half of whom are based in America
17 Mirago
Search software developer
134.02 5.4 1.0    Claims to process more than a billion internet search requests a month
18 PacketExchange
Telecoms services provider
132.92 ‡5.7 1.0    Is expanding its high-security internet services to American clients
19 Satamatics
Satellite services provider
123.61 6.7 1.3    Private security firms in Iraq use its satellite-based tracking devices
20 Volantis Systems
Communication services provider
119.88 ‡7.9 1.6    Has raised more than £15m in four investment rounds since foundation
21 Ocado
Online grocery retailer
118.80 143.3 29.9    Delivers almost 3m hand-picked grocery items a week for Waitrose
22 MX Telecom
Wireless technology developer
118.43 ‡43.8 9.2    Its technology enabled fans to watch the World Cup on their mobile phones
23 Total PDA
Online multimedia retailer
118.20 10.2 2.1    Supplies fleet tracking and navigation systems to customers
24 Open Logic
Portal software developer
117.37 5.9 1.3    Software enables motorists to pay parking fines online
25 Adviva Media
Online advertising consultancy
116.89 6.5 1.4    Helps advertisers such as BSkyB and O2 to target customers online
26 Tao Group
Multimedia software developer
107.48 ‡4.9 1.1    Has twice won a BAFTA award for interactive music technology
27 alwaysON
Telecoms service provider
100.89 *3.1 0.8    Raised £1.5m from Foresight Ventures in 2005
28 Picsel Technologies
Mobile software developer
100.35 ‡13.0 3.2    Claims that 35m mobile phones use its file-viewing technology
29 Green Cathedral
Digital media agency
95.36 5.5 1.4    Develops websites for the Eden Project and Open University
30 CSW Group
Healthcare IT provider
94.59 6.1 1.6    Software may be used to replace patient records lost in Hurricane Katrina
31 DCG Datapoint
Data-management services provider
94.52 5.1 *1.4    Works with Harvey Nichols updating its daily store transactions
32 Thomsons Online Benefits
Employee benefits software developer
94.01 ‡3.8 1.0    Helped the MoD launch an online pension calculator for 200,000 personnel
33 Nucleus
Web designer
92.80 5.7 1.5    Founder designed album covers for The Who in the 1970s
34 Link HR Systems
HR software developer
92.43 ‡6.2 1.7    Software is used by the NHS to evaluate 900,000 employees’ pay
35 AppSense
Software developer
90.92 8.5 *2.3    Says it protects over 2,500 organisations against rogue software
36 Radioscape
Wireless software developer
89.10 9.2 2.6    Has raised more than £30m from investors including Atlas Venture
37 Wiggle
Online sports goods retailer
85.23 9.2 2.7    Claims 2,000 new customers use its website every week
38 Betfair
Online bookmaker
82.05 107.1 32.3    Says it processes more than 5m bets a day through its website
39 Marix Drug Development
Clinical drug developer
81.81 3.0 0.9    Runs a 30-bed clinical trials unit to help test Alzheimer's drugs
40 Adeptra
Managed services provider
79.67 ‡4.5 1.4    Software makes 10m automatic calls a month on behalf of clients
41 Venda
E-commerce software developer
79.16 3.6 1.1    Manages e-commerce websites for retailers such as Virgin Megastores
42 I-play
Mobile games developer
76.88 11.9 *3.8    Owns franchise to mobile phone games for The Fast and the Furious and 24
43 LateRooms
Online hotel agency
76.03 7.1 2.3    Says that 13,000 European hotels offer discounted rooms on its website
44 Jobpartners
HR software developer
74.76 5.3 1.7    Claims Nike halved recruitment costs by using its software
45 Trigold
Mortgage software developer
74.07 ‡6.3 2.1    Software helps 24,000 financial advisers find the best loan deal for their clients
46 Box Telematics
Wireless technology developer
72.15 3.5 1.2    Its wireless boxes are used to monitor drinks consumption in pubs
47 Griffin Internet
Internet service provider
68.52 4.5 1.6    Claims to provide internet access to more than 50,000 subscribers
48 Quantum Research Group
Touch-button technology designer
68.20 ‡4.0 1.4    Says Apple’s iPod success has increased demand for its sensor technology
49 Lagan
Government software developer
67.80 6.1 2.2    Claims to supply software to 130 government clients in Britain and America
50 Sepura
Radio technology developer
67.61 35.1 *12.5    Its secure digital radios are used by emergency services worldwide
51 GigaSat
Satellite systems manufacturer
67.25 5.7 2.0    Its equipment enables troops to access the internet and talk to loved ones
52 IRISYS
Infrared systems maker
67.22 ‡6.6 2.4    Says its technology supplies two-thirds of the world’s footfall monitoring firms
53 hSo
IT services provider
66.03 5.0 1.8    Its data-storage product is used by Endemol, the firm behind Big Brother
54 Digital Vision
Data capture consultancy
66.00 3.3 1.2    Banks use its character-recognition software to extract data from documents
55 WDSGlobal
Wireless services support provider
65.86 24.8 9.0    Claims 9m people access its wireless knowledge database each month
56 Cheeze
Digital marketing agency
65.54 6.4 2.3    Is developing a directory tracking blogs and podcasts for advertisers
57 Gamma Telecom
Telecoms network operator
64.78 100.0 36.8    Its resellers supply telephony services to 400,000 homes and 50,000 businesses
58 Daisy Communications
Telecoms service provider
63.16 ‡*16.0 *6.0    Has acquired five companies since 2005, plans to buy five more this year
59 Pole Star Space Applications
Maritime communications provider
62.82 4.7 1.8    Former banker founded business after phone box shipment went missing
60 Sarian Systems
Wireless router manufacturer
59.66 3.3 1.3    The company's technology helps to power the Thai national lottery
61 IESA
Supply chain manager
59.48 18.8 7.4    Software helps manage the supply chain of clients such as Siemens
62 Albany Software
E-transactions software developer
59.20 7.6 3.0    Set up in founder’s spare bedroom with a £30,000 loan
63 Mistral Internet Group
Internet service provider
57.20 ‡19.7 8.0    Has acquired four companies in the past two years
64 Cheapflights Media
Price comparison website
57.18 6.9 2.8    Claims to have referred £1 billion sales to the travel industry in 2005
65 Exasoft
Financial software developer
57.09 3.7 *1.5    Won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2006
66 Edenbrook
Systems integrator
56.30 17.0 7.0    Acquisition of rival consultancy has added £1.4m to sales
67 Axiom Systems
Telecoms software developer
56.29 10.4 4.3    Its software handles customer orders for internet service providers
68 Vio
Digital supply chain
56.21 3.0 1.2    Software automatically resizes ads to different publishers' specifications
69 Zen Internet
Internet services provider
56.16 19.0 7.8    Broadband supplier says it has 65,000 clients
70 Fluency Voice Technology
Speech recognition software developer
56.15 3.8 1.5    Its speech recognition technology handles hotel bookings for Travelodge
71 Bell Microsystems
IT services provider
53.30 ‡13.9 5.9    Claims its data storage networks saved one client £700,000 in three months
72 OneBill Telecom
Telecoms service provider
53.02 20.9 8.9    Acquisition made earlier this year added 2,000 customers
73 BigHand
Dictation software developer
52.53 5.4 2.3    Claims that over 400 law firms worldwide use its workflow software
74 SSL
Electronics and software developer
52.19 3.7 1.6    Its equipment was installed on over 3,000 miles of British highways last year
75 Harlosh
Insurance software developer
51.48 3.5 1.5    Set up an office in Australia and recently won first contract in New Zealand
76 Aircom International
Telecoms service provider
51.35 53.0 23.2    Claims it has doubled exports to £44m in the past three years
77 Multimap
Online map provider
49.62 ‡7.6 3.4    Says it is one of the 10 most visited websites in Britain
78 1E
IT provider
49.19 5.8 2.6    Claims its software helped save a client 50,000 IT support hours
79 Marketpipe
Financial software developer
47.84 ‡3.4 1.6    Set up by City banker and now supplies software to 21 banks
80 Espresso Education
Educational content provider
47.67 4.3 2.0    Founded by former Blue Peter editor and Newsround producer
81 solarcentury
Solar technology developer
46.88 6.0 2.8    Says it has designed the first solar roof tile for British homes
82 Capture Projects
Data-management software developer
46.56 ‡3.5 1.6    Marconi uses its software to streamline its administration
83 Actix
Telecoms software developer
46.30 26.1 12.2    Software is used by mobile phone companies in more than 60 countries
84 epyx
E-trading platform developer
45.25 6.8 3.2    Says it processes £35m worth of invoice transactions every month
85 Promethean
Educational technology developer
44.53 ‡80.5 38.6    Children in 70 countries are taught using its interactive whiteboards
86 bet365
Online bookmaker
44.27 604.8 *290.6    Says it services more than 900,000 online punters in 120 countries
87 Equiinet
Server appliances developer
43.70 4.5 2.2    Claims its technology reduces download times for 10,000 schools
88 Evolution Studios
Video games developer
42.40 5.8 2.9    Has supplied simulation software to train pilots in the Royal Air Force
89 ACIS
Transport software developer
42.20 14.9 7.3    Says its alert system is installed at 28,000 Yorkshire bus stops
90 Cerillion Technologies
Telecoms software developer
41.79 12.7 6.3    Formed from buyout of Logica's customer care and billing division
91 aquilaheywood
Financial software developer
41.63 26.4 13.2    Software administers corporate pension schemes for clients including BT
92 Elite Telecom
Telecoms services provider
41.56 ‡4.9 2.4    Tussauds, Kwik-Fit and Vision Express use its call handling software
93 Watford Electronics
Online electronics retailer
40.82 ‡48.2 24.3    Customers include PC users and big companies such as BT and British Gas
94 Pace Telecom
Telecoms service provider
40.79 *4.4 2.2    Set up in a garage with £50 by a father and son
95 Practiv
Insurance software developer
40.51 ‡8.5 4.3    Founder was only 22 when he set up the company
96 Power Panels Electrical Systems
Electrical assembly manufacturer
39.67 12.1 6.2    Has produced 10,000 control systems for manufacturers worldwide
97 Complinet
Compliance software developer
39.05 7.9 4.1    Claims over 1,000 firms and 15,000 subscribers use its software daily
98 Allpay.net
Electronic payment provider
38.56 11.9 6.2    Says it currently processes 25m payment transactions a year
99 Vecta
Sales software developer
38.50 3.9 *2.0    Claims its software can increase clients’ sales by 20% in three months
100 Play.com
Online entertainment retailer
38.14 ‡*155.5 81.5    Shipped over 2m products in busiest week last year
* annualised figure
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