Index of Britain’s fastest growing companies confirms final members

Global Personals and PayasUGym among final inductees in scheme fronted by Lord Young and Sir Terry Leahy

Accelerate 250, the index celebrating the entrepreneurs responsible for creating more than half of all new UK jobs has inducted the final names into its list.

Backed by former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young, the scheme claiming to represent the top 6% of businesses that create more than half of new UK jobs has confirmed the last names to complete its index.

Created in preparation for the Accelerate 2013 event which took place on June 27, the final names include Neil Harmsworth and Jamie Ward of Startups 100 and Startups Top 20 company, and Young Guns Stephen Fitzpatrick (also a Startups 100 winner in 2010) of Ovo Energy, Callum Bush of MediaDevil, Nick Robinson of World First, and Scott Fletcher of ANS Group.

Other names added include Matthew Pitt of Global Personals, co-founded by Young Gun Ross Williams and venture capital fund Octopus Investments.

Representing a range of industries, the final members of the Accelerate 250 are:

  • 1610 Ltd: Tim Nightingale
  • 3P Logistics Ltd: Ian Walker
  • Abbey Data Centre t/a The Vault:  Steve Smith
  • AES International: John Viney
  • Airangel Ltd: Dean Wilkinson
  • Airkix: Simon Ward
  • Andrews Bowen: David Andrews
  • ANS Group: Scott Fletcher
  • ARC Hospitality Recruitment Solutions: Michael Gavin
  • Biscuiteers: Harriet Hastings
  • Boost Drinks: Simon Gray
  • Britain Thinks: Viki Cooke
  • Champions: Matthew Hayes
  • Clinigen Group: Robin Sibson and Shaun Chilton
  • CMS Facilities Management Services Ltd: Peter Moss
  • CNC Robotics: Jason Barker
  • Cognitive Match: Alex Kelleher
  • Community Security Ltd: Tony Nuttall
  • Contract Flooring Solutions Ltd: Stephen Day
  • Cruising Excursions Limited: Simon Purchase
  • Cunliffes: Paul Roberts and Tony Mulhearn
  • Elite Foods: Ryan Crosbie
  • EThames Graduate School: Veen Pula
  • Flybrid Systems: Doug Cross
  • Flying Time LTI : Jonathan Candelon
  • Fosters Law: Elaine Flynn
  • Freeworld Trading: Dr Sanjoy Das
  • G’Nosh : Charlotte Knight
  • Global Personals: Matthew Pitt
  • HCT Group: Dai Powell Idem
  • Safety Switches Ltd: Medi Mohtasham
  • Imperative Training Ltd: David Howarth
  • Ink Associates Ltd: Charles Harvey
  • Investigo: Gary Watson
  • Jonny Goggles/Jonathan Kay LtD:  Jan Rothwell
  • Lighthouse Healthcare: Julian Ball
  • MediaDevil: Callum Bush
  • MedTrade Products: Craig Hardy
  • Melrob: Ian Melluish
  • MyWorkSearch: Richard Alberg
  • NKD Learning: Susan Stoneman
  • Octopus Capital: Simon Rogerson
  • Opus Recruitment Solutions: Iain O’Dair
  • Ovo Energy: Stephen Fitzpatrick
  • Neil Harmsworth and Jamie Ward
  • Saving Faces: Sab Hussain
  • Seacourt Ltd: Gareth Dinnage
  • Seedrs: Jeff Lynn
  • SportPursuit: Victoria Walton
  • TBA: Guy Horner
  • TechFolien: Roy Fearnley
  • TeleCity Group: Mike Tobin
  • The Eventa Group Ltd: Robert Hill
  • The Neighbourhood Ltd: Ben Davies
  • The Real Return Group: Charles Richardson
  • Thomsons Online Benefits: Chris Bruce
  • Trendsetter Home Furnishings Limited: Claire Watkin
  • Unruly: Scott Button
  • Vital Energi: Ian Whitelock
  • World First: Nick Robinson

The Accelerate 250 were recognised for their achievements at the one-day business conference where they attended an inaugural meeting to share ideas on how start-ups can transition to become fast-growth businesses.

The event also included keynote speeches from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Martha Lane Fox of Lucky Voice.


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