These are the fastest-growing tech businesses in the UK right now

Young Guns, Startups Awards, and Startups 100 companies reign supreme in Deloitte’s annual Fast 50, with one company growing by over 107,000%

Start-ups and small businesses looking for inspiration should take note of the latest Fast 50 winners; the 50 UK tech-companies which have enjoyed the highest-growth in revenues over the past four years.

Compiled by Deloitte, the 20th annual Fast 50 2017 ranking has named Deliveroo – the on-demand food delivery service – as the country’s fastest-growing tech company, setting a new record with revenue growth of 107,1117% since 2013.

Launched by Young Guns Will Shu and Greg Orlowski in 2013, Deliveroo now operates in 150 cities and recently raised $385m in fresh funding.

This week Deliveroo, which employs 27,000 riders, won a landmark legal victory which confirmed that its riders are self-employed and not workers.

See more: Will Shu – ‘How I went from investment banker to founder of $857m-backed Deliveroo’

Startups Awards finalist Bloom & Wild, the flowers-through-the letterbox delivery service founded by Young Gun Aron Gelbard, ranked as the second fastest-growing tech business for having achieved revenue growth of 13,818% since 2013.

Other familiar names to Startups’ readers among this year’s Fast 50 include Funding Circle, Yieldify, Smarkets, GoCardless, Farfetch, WorldRemit, and Seedrs.

Common trends shared by the UK’s fastest growing tech companies

Analysing the Fast 50 and entries submitted for the index by 147 tech companies and 93 CEOs, Deloitte has highlighted recurring themes among fast-growth tech businesses. These included:

  • CEOs of fast-growth tech companies learn from experience and past mistakes. Nearly 60% of CEOs had previously founded – or been involved in founding – another start-up, while 20% of CEOs said they had built success from lessons learnt from previous failures.
  • The fastest-growing tech companies tend to be those who either do better than market incumbents…
  • Or have launched a product or service which did not previously exist.
  • The fastest-growing tech companies are most likely to have started in, or be headquartered in, London. 32 of this year’s Fast 50 are based in London.
  • Software businesses are the most likely to enjoy soaring revenues. 44% of the Fast 50 operate in the software sector…
  • But, emerging sectors are on the rise. 20% of the Fast 50 operate in fintech, while 16% operate in media and entertainment, and another 16% are internet-based.
  • CEOs of the UK’s fastest-growing tech companies prioritise revenue growth over profits. 70% of the CEOs surveyed said that revenue growth was a more important objective than profitability but 60% CEOs did say they expected profitability to become the most important factor over the next five years.

The Fast 50 2017 winners, ranked by revenue growth

RankingCompanyGrowthRegionSector
1Deliveroo107,117%LondonInternet
2Bloom & Wild13,818%LondonInternet
3MoveGB6,053%South WestInternet
4Smarkets5,390%LondonFintech
5Stratajet3,634%LondonInternet
6Paddle3,239%LondonSoftware
7Receipt Bank2,947%LondonFintech
8GoCardless Ltd2,097%LondonFintech
9Coull1,915%South WestMedia & Entertainment
10Brainlabs1,913%LondonMedia & Entertainment
11Outplay Entertainment1,904%ScotlandMedia & Entertainment
12LoopMe1,825%LondonSoftware
13VIRTUS Data Centres1,729%LondonSoftware
14Optal1,714%LondonFintech
15Kantox1,688%LondonFintech
16mobstuff1,635%LondonMedia & Entertainment
17Duco1,590%LondonFintech
18In Touch Networks1,572%North WestInternet
19WDX1,563%LondonFintech
20Volta Data Centres1,562%LondonSoftware
21PM Connect Ltd1,319%MidlandsMedia & Entertainment
22CyanConnode1,221%Cambridgeshire and EastTelecommunications
23Ieso Digital Health1,175%Cambridgeshire and EastHealthcare & Life Sciences
24Yieldify1,144%LondonMedia & Entertainment
25BigChange1,095%North EastSoftware
26Poq1,015%LondonSoftware
27Exsel Group959%ScotlandSoftware
28Realeyes932%LondonSoftware
29Funding Circle853%LondonFintech
30Reddico851%South EastInternet
31Fonix785%LondonFintech
32StarLeaf782%LondonSoftware
33Kymab Ltd763%South EastHealthcare & Life Sciences
34Victor716%LondonInternet
35Blis Media702%LondonMedia & Entertainment
36Featurespace677%Cambridgeshire and EastSoftware
37Mighty Social651%LondonMedia & Entertainment
38Farfetch649%LondonInternet
39WorldRemit642%LondonFintech
40Nervecentre Software636%South EastSoftware
41Black Swan Data597%LondonSoftware
42BlueGlass561%LondonMedia & Entertainment
43BookingBug554%LondonSoftware
44Peppermint Technology552%MidlandsSoftware
45Ebury Partners Ltd548%LondonFintech
46SIPHON539%South WestTelecommunications
47Cloud Technology Solutions510%North WestSoftware
48AccessPay497%North WestFintech
49Arcus Global491%Cambridgeshire and EastSoftware
50Seedrs Ltd481%LondonFintech

 

David Cobb, lead partner for the Fast 50 programme concluded: “Successful pursuit of growth is an implicit characteristic amongst Fast 50 companies, but this is a far from simple feat.

“Winners tend to be those that have spotted, and capitalised on, market opportunities for tech-enabled growth in new and existing sectors.

“And when looking across all of the 662 unique winners over the last twenty years, it is easy to see that having a great product or service, knowing your customer and employing excellent staff are the common ingredients to help ensure fast-paced growth.”