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.
|12||ImpulsePay||Mobile payment technology||Newcastle||Virgin Trains uses their technology to charge customers for wi-fi access|
|27||RealityMine||Market research software||Manchester||Says it tracks more than 3m smartphones to capture data about users' habits|
|34||ESP Group||Mass transit smartcards||Hull||Issues Oyster cards for London Underground as well as rail cards used nationally|
|37||Performance Horizon||Marketing software developer||Newcastle||Says it connects 160,000 online marketers and affiliates in 183 countries|
|38||Salecycle||Marketing technology developer||Tyne and Wear||Helps Ikea, Dyson, Virgin Atlantic and the like convert web visitors into customers|
|49||Trak Global||Vehicle tracking technology||Crewe||Insurers such as More Th>n use its driving behaviour software to manage risk|
|50||Neuven||Staff administration software||Manchester||Its software is used by companies that employ temporary labour|
|51||LPW Technology||Metal powder manufacturer||Cheshire||Its metal powders are used in 3D-printing of products such as turbine blades and dental implants|
|52||Cloud Technology Solutions||Cloud software developer||Manchester||Has used its software to move nearly 12,000 companies in 20 countries onto Google Apps|
|65||Zuto||Car finance specialist||Cheshire||Is looking to recruit an extra 70 members of staff before the end of the year|
|82||GBM Digital||IT consultancy||Manchester||Helps schools deploy technology in the classroom|
|99||LoveEnergySavings.com||Energy price comparison site||Bolton||Says it has helped 90,000 UK businesses save on energy costs since 2007|
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).
The number of Northern companies featured on the league table has fluctuated between nine and 14 each year since it launched in 2001.
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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.
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).
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.
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