Posted on August 30, 2017 by staff

Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 awards deadline approaches


The fastest-growing technology companies in the UK are running out of time before nominations close for this year’s Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 awards.

Since 1998 the awards have ranked and recognised the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK.

Supporting Deloitte’s initiative for the UK’s fastest-growing companies are the award sponsors Oracle NetSuite, Silicon Valley Bank and new sponsors, DLA Piper.

Companies have until Friday 8th September to enter the 2017 competition, which is based on the last four years of revenue growth. The awards showcase the UK’s dynamic technology ecosystem and some of the country’s most exciting high-tech companies.

David Cobb, lead partner for the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50, said: “Attracting the right people can be a challenge for any business, but it is all the more difficult for those that are scaling up quickly.

“Highly aspirational business leaders fear that they will not be able to scale in line with their ambitions.

“It is about getting the right people in the right positions, and, unless these businesses recruit large volumes of skilled workers quickly, they may become victims of their own success.”

In 2016, Deloitte’s 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK generated £884 million in total annual revenues, employed more than 7,100 people and recorded an average four-year growth rate of 1,240 per cent in the 2015/16 financial year.

Deloitte analysed information submitted by the 122 entrants for last year’s Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 awards and surveyed 74 CEOs from the 2016 fastest-growing technology companies.

One in four CEOs of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies said they planned to raise finance for attracting new talent in 2017.

Claire Jolly, head of TMT at Deloitte in the North West, added: “Access to talent is clearly a key issue for technology businesses nationwide.

“It is important for the North West to continue to be an attractive place to live and work so that technology businesses can continue to recruit the people they need to grow successfully.”

The issue of recruitment was a recurring theme amongst CEOs, with 45 per cent of respondents citing employee talent as one of the three most important factors for their fast growth.

Significantly, more than half (55 per cent) of respondents stated that attracting and recruiting people with appropriate skills and experience was the single biggest people challenge their company currently faces.

One in four CEOs believe that a lack of new workers with relevant skills will be the biggest threat to growth in the UK technology sector over the next five years, more so than the economic climate (19 per cent) and excessive government regulation (12 per cent).