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12 Northern businesses make it onto this year’s Sunday Times Tech Track 100 League Table

Sunday Times Tech Track 100 League Table

12 Northern companies made it onto this year’s Sunday Times Tech Track 100 League Table, published yesterday.

The league table ranks the 100 fastest-growing private tech businesses in the UK based on sales figures for each company over the last three years and has been updated every year since it launched back in 2001.

Related: Enter the Northern Tech 100 League Table – entries close 24 February 2017

Here’s who and how they ranked:

Mobile payment technologyNewcastleVirgin Trains uses their technology to charge customers for wi-fi access
27RealityMineMarket research softwareManchesterSays it tracks more than 3m smartphones to capture data about users' habits
34ESP GroupMass transit smartcardsHullIssues Oyster cards for London Underground as well as rail cards used nationally
37Performance HorizonMarketing software developerNewcastleSays it connects 160,000 online marketers and affiliates in 183 countries
38SalecycleMarketing technology developerTyne and WearHelps Ikea, Dyson, Virgin Atlantic and the like convert web visitors into customers
49Trak GlobalVehicle tracking technologyCreweInsurers such as More Th>n use its driving behaviour software to manage risk
50NeuvenStaff administration softwareManchesterIts software is used by companies that employ temporary labour
51LPW TechnologyMetal powder manufacturerCheshireIts metal powders are used in 3D-printing of products such as turbine blades and dental implants
52Cloud Technology SolutionsCloud software developerManchesterHas used its software to move nearly 12,000 companies in 20 countries onto Google Apps
65ZutoCar finance specialistCheshireIs looking to recruit an extra 70 members of staff before the end of the year
82GBM DigitalIT consultancyManchesterHelps schools deploy technology in the classroom
99LoveEnergySavings.comEnergy price comparison siteBoltonSays it has helped 90,000 UK businesses save on energy costs since 2007

*Source: Sunday Times Tech Track 100 League Table


How does this compare to the 2015 league table?

The number of Northern companies featured is up on last year’s league table, for which 10 companies featured, a number of whom made a repeat appearance this year. Those featured last year were Neuven (ranked #2), Ontrac (ranked #21), Zuto (ranked #28), GBM Digital (ranked #31), ESP Group (ranked #32), Nostrum Group (ranked #75), Avector (ranked #77), Visualsoft (ranked #82), Aspire Technology Solutions (ranked #96) and SITS Group (ranked #98).

And before that?

The number of Northern companies featured on the league table has fluctuated between nine and 14 each year since it launched in 2001.

Year:Number of Northern companies featured:

Number 1 hits and repeat appearances

UK Fast was ranked #1 in 2011 while The Hut Group made it to the top spot in 2009. And a number of companies have made repeat appearances over the years including The Test People, Music Magpie, The Hut Group, Nomad Digital and Neoss.

Serial entrepreneurs

Malcolm Cowley and Paul Fellows of Performance Horizon receive a special mention in the full Sunday Times Tech Track supplement for the fact that they previously featured on the 2007 league table with their then business Buy.at which they reportedly sold to AOL in 2008 for $125m (then #64m).

Ones to watch

Manchester-based online entertainment community The Lad Bible featured on the ‘ones to watch’ list – those companies who didn’t meet the criteria for the main league table, but who are set to grow rapidly in the future.

Click here to view the full Tech Track 100 League Table

Click here to view the full supplement published in The Sunday Times

Follow the coverage on Twitter using #TechTrack100

What trends have you noticed in the league table results over the years? Share your thoughts in the comments below.




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