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 four years. Now in its twenty-first 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?

View the eligibility criteria on the 'Do you qualify?' page.

How do I enter and what's involved?

Nominations for the 2018 programme are now closed.

To enter 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 four years, as well as submitting soft (PDF) copies of signed, audited and unabbreviated accounts for years one (2014/15) and four (2017/18).

The percentage revenue growth is calculated by year four revenue minus year one revenue, divided by year one revenue.

What's in it for nominees?

Most nominees enter the programme to increase their company profile. The Fast 50 gives them the opportunity to leverage their brand, improve their marketing and increase their media recognition.

But that's not all, winners also:

  • Receive industry recognition of achieving sustainable high-growth over the last four years.
  • Are automatically entered into the Deloitte Fast 500 EMEA programme.
  • Benefit from an abundance of free publicity and marketing.
  • Get invited to an exclusive winners' awards ceremony.

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 twenty-first 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 four years. We do not measure current financial performance or profitability.

For the 2018 UK Fast 50, companies are ranked based on percentage growth for each company's stated fiscal year revenues over the last four years (2014/15 to 2017/18).

The percentage revenue growth is calculated by year four revenue minus year one revenue, divided by year one revenue.

What is the closing deadline and when are the winners announced?

Nominations for the 2018 UK Technology Fast 50 are now closed. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on Thursday 15 November and then to the public on Friday 16 November via this website.

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.

Which sector does my business fit into?

See the full list of technology sub-sectors here. If you have any questions about which sector your company fits into, please email Fast50@deloitte.co.uk. Alternatively you can call us on 02392 315 611.

For those of you that have previously entered, this year we have updated the tech sector categorisations for the UK Fast 50 programme to more closely reflect the modern tech industry landscape. They are now also in line with the EMEA Fast 500 categories.

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 2018 programme.

Do all entrants have to be publicly held?

No, but private companies must provide financial information and supporting documentation such as financial statements.

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 fast50@deloitte.co.uk with any questions you may have about the UK Fast 50. Alternatively you can call us on 02392 315 611.

When will the 2018 winners be announced?

The 2018 UK Technology Fast 50 winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 15 November 2018. The results will be publicly announced the following day on Friday 16 November 2018.

When will the awards ceremony take place?

The 2018 UK Technology Fast 50 awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 15 November 2018. The venue will be announced shortly.

When do the 2018 entries open?

The 2018 nomination period ran from Monday 11 June - Friday 7 September. Nominations are now closed.