The Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 awards programme has four categories. Three are open to submission, while Rising Stars are nominated by Deloitte and the Fast 50 programme sponsors and are not open for applications. For the Tech Fast 50, Fast 50 Women in Leadership, Regional winners, and CleanTech winners, the nomination form is the same and rankings are based on four year revenue growth rates.
See below for more information on each.
The UK Technology Fast 50 is a ranking of the country's 50 fastest-growing technology companies, based on percentage revenue growth over the last four years.
The CleanTech category is new to 2023 and recognises climate technology companies within the Technology Fast 50 for their contribution to the UK’s net zero target. Eligible companies are those who meet the Fast 50 entry criteria and produce or use technology, tools, products and services which support emission reductions; lead to more circular economies through the recycling, regeneration, and reuse of resources; and promote well-being for people, communities, and nature through sustainable agriculture, clean air and water, resilient communities and cities, and the preservation and regeneration of natural ecosystems.
The Fast 50 Women in Leadership category was new to 2022’s programme and recognises those companies within the Technology Fast 50 that are either led by a female* CEO or have a founding team comprised of at least 50% women. The ranking is still judged based on percentage revenue growth over the last four years and entry qualifications are the same as the UK Tech Fast 50.
* The terms ‘women’ and ‘female’ are taken to include all those who self-identify as women or female and engage with their current employers as such.
The Regional Winners category recognises the fastest growing business within each region of the UK. Your 'region' is decided based on where your Head Office is located. View the definition of regions here. The ranking is determined by percentage revenue growth over the last four years and entry qualifications are the same as the UK Tech Fast 50.
The Rising Star award recognises the innovation and achievements of UK tech businesses who are leading the way but have not been in operation for four years and therefore do not qualify to enter the Technology Fast 50 awards. We do not accept applications for the Rising Star award; Deloitte and each of our sponsors nominate and name a Rising Star as part of the programme. In 2022, the winners were: United Fintech (named by Oracle NetSuite), The Electric Car Scheme (named by Multiverse), Walr (named by Business Growth Fund), Vaarst (named by Deloitte as the regional winner) and newcleo (named by Deloitte as the London winner).