2008 Tech Track 100 league table - UK

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Rank Company
Activity
3-yr av sales growth
% pa
07/08
sales
(£m)
04/05
sales
(£m)
  Comment
1 Mobile Interactive Group
Mobile and digital technology provider
422.3 ‡35.9 0.3    Its technology allows O2 arena visitors to get tickets through their mobile phones
2 LOVEFILM.com
Online DVD rental provider
239.28 ‡49.3 1.3    Has started work with schools to encourage teaching and communication through film
3 Netbasic
Website developer
235.3 9.6 *0.3    Posted sales of £9.6m last year with only seven staff
4 Timico
Converged communications provider
205.27 15.0 *0.5    Provides internet-telephony services to the diocese of Westminster
5 ApaTech
Bone graft manufacturer
204.57 7.6 0.3    Customers include the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
6 Tideway Systems
Software developer
184.01 ‡9.2 0.4    Won the British Computing Society ‘Technology Supplier of the Year’ award in 2007
7 NEG Telecom
Telecoms services provider
175.4 7.4 0.4    Claims to transfer 250m call minutes each year
8 The Hut Group
Online retailer
173.07 ‡14.1 0.7    Claims to sell a product through its own or one of its clients’ websites every 10 seconds
9 Tomorrow Communications
IT network provider
153.11 6.0 0.4    Clients include Barclays Wealth and BSkyB
10 Forward Internet Group
Media developer and investor
151.91 ‡18.3 *1.1    Says its online marketing generated more than £100m in sales for clients last year
11 Coast Digital
Online marketer
150.05 7.4 0.5    Claims its services can generate up to 19 times return on investment for its clients
12 BlueSky Travel Systems
Software developer
142.83 8.3 0.6    Its ¤100m project with Thomas Cook has seen staff increase four-fold
13 King.com
Gaming website operator
132.93 ‡20.3 1.6    Its games are hosted by web giants MSN, Yahoo and AOL
14 Adventi
IT services provider
125.08 16.7 1.5    Says it provides IT services for 19 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities
15 Adapt
Managed services provider
121.44 *14.9 1.4    Customers include fast-growing companies Lovefilm and Play.com
16 Redtray
E-learning software developer
116.81 ‡7.7 0.8    Jon Moulton of Alchemy Partners was an early-stage investor with £600,000
17 Gamesys
Online gaming developer
107.86 29.8 3.3    Recently won the contract to operate Sunbingo.com
18 Digital Window
Online marketer
101.45 19.6 2.4    Its technology powers The Sun’s online shop
19 Cashcade
Online gaming marketer
100.78 18.0 2.2    Runs the website Foxy Bingo, which sponsors the Jeremy Kyle show
20 Neoss
Dental implants developer
99.16 ‡7.8 1.0    Its dental implant system uses state-of-the-art titanium roots
21 Greenlight
Digital marketing agency
97.47 7.5 *1.0    Claims its marketing campaign for Monarch Airlines earned £364 for every £1 invested
22 Bluefish Communications
IT consultancy
96.75 ‡6.7 *0.9    Employs 35 and has a bank of more than 120 technical consultants to draw on
23 The Cloud
Wireless broadband service provider
96.42 8.2 *1.1    Claims its wireless infrastructure supports a million internet connections a month
24 Distribution Technology
Software developer
95.11 ‡6.5 0.9    Says that more than 20,000 financial advisers use its software
25 Vtesse Networks
Network services provider
94.25 17.3 2.4    Has won a contract with Lloyds TSB worth up to £70m
26 Miniclip
Online games developer
91.92 19.2 2.7    Its games are produced by an international network of 300 developers
27 Patersons HR & Payroll Solutions
Payroll software developer
90.78 ‡6.0 0.9    Its software can function in 30 different languages
28 O-Bit Telecom
Telecoms services provider
87.34 9.3 1.4    Co-founder installed a 20-foot model giraffe in the company’s reception area
29 Thunderhead.com
Communications software developer
87.14 12.4 1.9    Claims nine of the top ten global investment banks use its software
30 Excelian
IT consultancy
86.71 ‡10.7 1.6    Experienced growth due to greater demand for risk-management and trading technology
31 Neverfail Group
Business software developer
83.7 7.2 1.2    Its disaster recovery software protects staff at Vodafone
32 Chess
Telecoms services provider
82.79 20.7 3.4    Company named after founder’s children Charlie and Jessie
33 Smiths Consulting
IT consultancy
81.67 5.2 *0.9    Helped T-Mobile roll out supply-chain management software in five countries
34 Retail Decisions
Payment services provider
81.56 *190.0 31.7    Helps leading international retailers to combat online fraud
35 IPI
Network services provider
77.22 5.6 *1.0    Installs IT networks for the likes of BMW and Spar
36 Bluefin Solutions
IT consultancy
75.32 11.3 2.1    Opened offices in Chicago and Kuala Lumpur this year
37 AVM
Audio visual systems integrator
74.77 ‡17.2 *3.2    Maintains a cinema at Heathrow for Virgin Atlantic’s first-class passengers
38 Cheapflights Media
Price comparison website
73.07 *21.1 4.1    Claims to advertise up to 1.5m flight deals a day
39 Capital Support
IT consultancy
69.45 7.1 1.5    Claims that business growth has come solely through word-of-mouth recommendations
40 Comms-care
IT services provider
69.43 ‡6.2 1.3    Says it advanced from Cisco silver partner to gold within a month
41 Switchfire
Mobile technology developer
69.2 ‡5.7 1.2    Claims to process 5m premium-rate SMS messages every month
42 Dreamticket
Online travel operator
68.84 15.1 3.1    Soon to launch a super luxury tailor-made holiday site
43 Masternaut
Vehicle tracking software developer
68.01 13.8 2.9    Says it helps Ann Summers deliver products to customers quickly and efficiently
44 Thomsons Online Benefits
Employee benefits software developer
67.89 ‡8.6 1.8    Helped the MoD launch an online benefits calculator for its 215,000 personnel
45 murphx
Telecoms services provider
67.23 6.1 1.3    Provided internet connectivity for the live webcams used by BBC2’s Springwatch
46 IRIS Software
Business software developer
64.87 ‡94.9 *21.2    Claims its software produces the payslips for 10% of the British workforce
47 Espresso Education
Educational content provider
63.07 11.9 2.8    Provides a digital library of video clips, news items and websites to schools
48 Sponge
Mobile applications designer
60.9 ‡5.2 1.3    Helped the Royal Navy run a recruitment campaign by mobile-phone video
49 iMeta
Business software developer
60.5 6.0 1.5    Founders initially worked from a back bedroom on PCs bought with credit cards
50 Reading Room
Digital communications agency
60.27 ‡9.5 *2.3    Claims a website developed for the YHA achieved a 7,000% return in 12 months
51 MeetingZone
Conference call services provider
59.57 5.9 1.4    Can manage telephone conferencing services for up to 5,000 callers
52 Exponential-e
Network services provider
59.23 10.4 2.6    Its network speeds enable clients to transfer files of up to 360Gb in one hour
53 Wavex Technology
IT managed services provider
57.9 5.9 1.5    Claims it can resolve the majority of clients’ IT problems in 15 minutes
54 Ip.Access
Mobile technology provider
57.66 15.2 3.9    Claims to have customers on every continent, including Antarctica
55 Ipitomi
Telecoms and technology provider
56.77 12.5 3.2    Customers include Pizza Express and the Man Group
56 Plextek
Electronics design consultancy
55.99 ‡28.2 7.4    Recently launched a portable radar unit called Blighter
57 Summit Media
Digital media agency
55.81 15.5 4.1    20% of staff are inmates operating from within prison walls
58 Intrinsic Technology
IT consultancy
55.23 12.9 3.5    Will provide £8m of IT for government’s ‘Building Schools for the Future’ programme
59 Amsphere
Software testing consultancy
54.95 8.8 2.4    Provides expert witnesses to resolve corporate software disputes
60 OB10
E-invoicing system provider
54.91 ‡7.1 1.9    Says it saved 8.4m sheets of paper last year with its electronic invoice system
61 Entanet International
Communications provider
53.41 ‡*17.2 4.8    Company’s headquarters are in a Chinese style purpose-built pagoda
62 BDP Media Group
Learning software developer
52.39 11.9 3.4    Clients include Disney and the Department for Children, Schools and Families
63 Nexus Oncology
Clinical researcher
52.03 5.5 1.6    Founder motivated by family’s early brush with cancer
64 Lagan
Government software developer
49.55 14.3 4.3    Claims its government software serves more than 37m citizens worldwide
65 Xantus
IT consultancy
49.39 ‡7.6 2.3    Boasts 21 FTSE 100 companies among its clients
66 2e2
IT services provider
48.42 ‡203.2 62.2    Hosts the Tesco.com website
67 i-level
Digital communications agency
48.38 ‡100.6 30.8    Claims 340,000 teenagers this year sought drug advice from its MSN Frank service
68 Technetix
Telecoms equipment maker
48 ‡46.9 14.5    Will supply fibre-optic cable in home networking equipment to Swisscom
69 solarcentury
Solar technology developer
47.79 ‡19.4 6.0    Clients include the Co-operative Group, National Trust and Barratt Homes
70 Adeptra
Managed services provider
46.62 8.2 2.6    Its payment reminders can be customised to match the recipient’s dialect
71 Griffin Internet
Internet service provider
46.45 10.0 3.2    Claims to provide internet access for 50,000 businesses
72 TBG
Social media agency
45.51 11.5 3.7    Started from a bedroom with a £22,000 bonus earned from founder’s previous job
73 SSL
Electronics and software developer
45.5 5.2 1.7    Has 12 PhDs on staff and recruits only candidates with MSc or first-class degrees
74 Nimbus Partners
Business software developer
45.26 ‡8.4 2.7    Clients include HSBC, Toyota and the Valuations Office Agency
75 Probrand
IT reseller
44.75 33.5 11.0    Claims to search over half a million product lines by price and stock availability daily
76 bet365
Online bookmaker
44.24 ‡*1,815.0 604.8    The company owns Premiership football team, Stoke City FC
77 Unanimis
Digital advertising agency
44.21 17.7 5.9    Claims to have secured the largest mobile advertising deal to date with Shell
78 Stirk Lamont & Associates
ICT consultancy
44.08 ‡5.7 1.9    Upgraded Vodafone Live! in Australia and New Zealand
79 1E
IT provider
44.03 ‡11.0 3.7    Claims its product Nightwatchman saves on average £43 per computer a year
80 ioko
Digital media systems integrator
43.12 27.6 9.4    Helped develop Channel 4’s award-winning on-demand viewing service
81 Southern Communications
Telecoms services provider
42.97 7.0 2.4    Established in 1965, it is one of the oldest telecoms companies in Britain
82 XLN Business Services
Business services provider
42.69 ‡29.3 10.1    Founders also run the online stationery firm Euroffice
83 Rebellion
Computer games developer
42.67 ‡11.8 4.1    Founder is one of twelve people in Britain that takes part in medieval jousting
84 Jobpartners
HR software developer
42.66 7.5 2.6    Its software has been translated into 25 different languages
85 ByBox
Delivery systems operator
42.64 *24.3 8.4    Says it delivers more than 20m items a year in Britain
86 Vitaflo
Clinical nutrition products developer
42.43 7.9 2.7    Completed £16m refinancing package in May supported by Merseyside Investment Fund
87 Doctors.net.uk
Medical network provider
41.71 6.1 2.2    Claims that more than 25% of NHS doctors access its service every week
88 Unicom
Telecoms services provider
41.17 37.1 13.2    Encouraging its customers to go green and switch to paperless billing
89 Office Canopy Group
Procurement software developer
40.41 11.5 4.1    Says it gives its software to customers for free
90 Listening Company
Call-centre software provider
40.17 37.0 13.4    Claims to manage 30m conversations a year through its call centres
91 PCS Business Systems
IT and office product supplier
40.1 13.1 4.8    Started with £100 and a telephone; founder set up the business with his credit card
92 Coexis
Securities software provider
40.08 5.7 2.1    Held a board meeting 15,420 feet up Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
93 ICS Solutions
Microsoft technology consultancy
39.71 7.7 2.8    Says it created a 2,800-page website and extranet for Virgin Vie
94 Betfair
Online bookmaker
39.7 181.9 66.7    Says it can match over 15m betting transactions between punters in a day
95 Xbridge
Online insurance broker
39.6 6.0 2.2    Founder Brad Liebmann says he has Microsoft’s first PC in his office
96 Rule Financial
Business and IT consultancy
37.93 18.7 7.1    Says it is leading a bank project handling 3m derivative trades a day
97 Edenbrook
Systems integrator
36.65 ‡25.2 9.9    Recently won a contract to redesign Easyjet’s entire web architecture
98 The GL Company
Accounting software developer
36.53 6.2 2.4    Its accountancy software is used by clients including Nintendo, BSkyB and Calor Gas
99 Cello Electronics
LCD TV manufacturer
35.76 *21.8 8.7    Has a ‘green’ button on its remote controls that turns the television off completely
100 ANS Group
IT and telecoms provider
35.68 ‡10.3 4.1    Founded in the bedroom of former child actor Scott Fletcher
* annualised figure
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