Frequently asked questions
All your questions about the UK Fast 50 programme answered
What is the UK Fast 50?
The UK Fast 50 is a ranking of the country's 50 fastest-growing technology companies, based on percentage revenue growth over the last five years. Now in its sixteenth year the UK Fast 50 awards recognise revenue growth driven by leading intellectual property and are a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Nominations are open to public and private companies, large and small, in all areas of technology, from Internet specialists to life sciences, computers to semiconductors and software to telecommunications.
What are the entry criteria?
How do I enter and what's involved?
To enter the UK Fast 50, you will first need to register an account (providing a username and password), this is so you can save the form and return to it at a later date if you need to.
Once registered, you must complete the online nomination form which includes providing details of company revenues over the last five years, as well as submitting soft (PDF) copies of signed, audited and unabbreviated accounts for years one (2008/09) and five (2012/13).
How many years has the Fast 50 been running?
It was launched in the US in 1995 and quickly expanded worldwide; the UK Fast 50 is now in its sixteenth year and began in 1998.
How is the ranking and revenue growth calculated?
We are looking for the speed of growth, so the ranking is based on the percentage of stated revenue growth over five years. We do not measure current financial performance or profitability.
For the 2013 UK Fast 50, companies are ranked based on percentage growth for each company's stated fiscal year revenues over the last five years (2008/09 to 2012/13).
The percentage revenue growth is calculated by year five revenue minus year one revenue, divided by year one revenue.
What is the closing deadline and when are the winners announced?
The deadline for entries is midnight on Monday 23 September 2013. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 12 November in London and to the public on Wednesday 13 November 2013.
How much does it cost to enter?
It's free - there is no fee to nominate yourself or another company.
Can I nominate another company?
Yes, entries can be sent in by the companies themselves or by a third party.
Which region of business do I select?
Please select the region where the nominated company's Head Office is located. View the full list of regions here.
I've entered in previous years, can I use last year's nomination?
No, due to Data Protection Standards, information from previous years' nominations is not stored. Entrants are required to register a new account and complete a new nomination for the 2013 programme.
Do all entrants have to be publicly held?
No, but private companies must provide financial information and supporting documentation such as financial statements.
I've forgotten my password, what do I do?
If you have registered a new account for this year and forgotten your password, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have registered an account in previous years, please note that due to Data Protection Standards, information from previous years' nominations is not stored and entrants are required to register a new account and complete a new nomination for the 2013 programme.
How do I enter the Fast 500 EMEA programme?
To enter the Fast 500 EMEA programme you need to nominate via your local country programme (i.e. UK Fast 50). Unless otherwise requested, all qualifying entrants to the UK Fast 50 will be automatically entered into the Fast 500 EMEA.
Who do I contact for further assistance?
Please email email@example.com with any questions you may have about the UK Fast 50.