Sabby Gill, executive vice-president and managing director UK & Ireland at Sage, explains why the accounting software firm has chosen to become the title sponsor of our Tech Track 100.
We are delighted to announce that Sage has become the title sponsor of our Tech Track 100 awards programme, now celebrating its 20th year, joining our longstanding supporters Barclays for 13 years, BDO for 10 years, BGF for seven years, and N+1 Singer for five years.
Pictured: Sabby Gill of Sage
Speaking ahead of the publication of our 20th anniversary Sunday Times Sage Tech Track 100 on 6th September, Sabby Gill, executive vice-president and managing director UK & Ireland, said:
“Being tuned into the drumbeat of the UK’s tech innovation is in our blood. It is something that excites us today as much as it did when Sage was started in a pub by two Newcastle University graduates almost 40 years ago.
“The Tech Track 100 league table is a great platform for us to support and showcase the next generation of the country’s brilliant tech businesses.”
About Tech Track 100
Our annual Tech Track 100 ranks the UK’s private tech (TMT) companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. It is researched and compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each September, with an awards dinner in November, and alumni dinners during the year.
Background to sponsorship
This year is the 20th anniversary of the league table, which was launched with The Sunday Times in 2001. Fast Track approached Sage to become the inaugural title sponsor because of the great fit between Sage’s activities and the league table – at the time Sage was also the only tech company on the FTSE100.
The timing was not right then, and fortunately, Sir Robin Saxby, chief executive of ARM, stepped in with sponsorship for the first three years. Sir Robin is pictured below, with Rory Godson, the then business editor of The Sunday Times, and Patricia Hewitt, the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. The chip designer featured on our inaugural Fast Track 100 in 1997 with sales of just £17m before it floated and later was sold to Japan’s Softbank for £24.4bn in 2016.
Tech Track 100 alumni stars
Tech Track 100 alumni success stories include takeaway food delivery app Just Eat – which has become a world leader, security software developer Sophos, online retailer and ecommerce technology provider The Hut Group (THG), and property platform Zoopla. The No 1 company in 2019 was Revolut, the digital banking services provider, which achieved sales growth of 508% pa over three years to £58.3m in 2018. In February 2020 it was valued at $5.5bn following a $500m fundraising round led by TCV.
For opportunities to meet and build relationships with the founders and key directors of these fast-growing private technology (TMT) companies, contact us about becoming a sponsor for Tech Track 100.
For sponsorship opportunities on our other six top-performing private company programmes please see here https://www.fasttrack.co.uk/sponsorship/