2017 nominations are now closed. The eligibility criteria for entering the UK Fast 50 ensures the programme remains objective and unbiased. In order to be entered into the awards you need to fulfil all of the eligibility criteria set out below:

1

The company must have been in business for a minimum of four years (i.e. four full twelve month financial periods)

2

The company must be considered a technology company which, for this purpose, is defined as a company that:

  • Owns proprietary intellectual property or proprietary technology that contributes to a significant portion of the company's operating revenues;
  • Manufactures a technology related product;
  • Devotes a significant proportion of operating revenues to research and development of technology;
  • Is technology intensive, or uses its own unique technology to solve problems.

NB: Companies using third party technology or intellectual property in a unique way does not meet this definition. Consulting companies, professional services firms, resellers and others who don't rely on proprietary technologies to generate their revenue are not eligible.

3

The parent company must be UK-owned and have its headquarters in the UK.

NB: Companies headquartered in Northern Ireland can take part in the UK OR Irish programme, but need to choose one or the other and cannot enter both.

4

Have base-year operating revenues of £42,500 (€50,000) and a current year operating revenue of at least £817,000 (€1,000,000).

NB: the accounts for the most recent financial year must have an accounting period ending between 1 June 2016 and 31 May 2017.

5

All submissions must be accompanied by signed accounts for the first and last financial year being measured in the competition. Unless a statutory exemption is being taken, these accounts must be unabbreviated and audited.


If you have  any further questions regarding whether your company qualifies, please contact fast50@deloitte.co.uk. Alternatively you can call us on 02392 315 611.