The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private tech (TMT) companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years.

It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each September, with an awards dinner in November, and alumni dinners during the year.

Tech Track 100 entry criteria

The closing date for nominations for the 2017 league table is 7 July with publication on 10 September.

Tech companies

  • Independent tech* company
  • UK registered, unquoted, and not subsidiaries
  • Sales of at least £250,000 in the base year (2013 or 2014)
  • Sales of at least £5m in the latest year (2016 or 2017)
  • Year-on-year sales growth in the latest year from 2015 to 2016, or 2016 to 2017, plus forecast (or actual) sales growth
  • Trading weeks in the base and latest years have to exceed 25
  • Excluded companies include payday lenders and computer resellers. IT consultancies and services companies are required to generate a significant proportion of their sales from proprietary technologies
  • We reserve the right to change the qualification criteria set out above and to make exceptions. This is not a competition; the compiler’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • Companies that do not meet the criteria can still be considered for the Ones to Watch programme. This is a selection of companies that have either achieved, or predict, good sales growth

* The definition of a technology company is based on the London Stock Exchange’s techMARK definition, i.e. “a company that shows a commitment to innovation, research and product development, and operates in sectors including software, internet, telecoms and biotech.”

Types of company

Sales

£5m - £50m

Profits

(£5m) - £10m

Average 3 year sales growth

40% - 260% pa

Staff

10 - 1,000

Alumni success stories

Featured in 2002 with sales of £23m and floated in 2015 valued at £1bn
Featured in 2006 with sales of £143m, floated in 2010 and is now worth £3.6bn
Featured in 2011 with sales of £18m, floated in 2014 and is now valued at £1.4bn