What is the 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-fifth 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?

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 (2018/19) and four (2021/22).

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

You can print a copy of the 2022 entry form to prepare your answers in advance. Please note this printable form is for reference only - only online submissions are accepted.

What are the different Fast 50 categories?

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 Fast 50 Women in Leadership category is new to 2022’s programme and will recognise 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 will still be 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 2021, the winners were: Hopin (named by Barclays), Red Sift (named by Oracle NetSuite), Meatless Farm (named by Deloitte as the regional winner) and PANGAIA (named by Deloitte as the London winner).

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
  • Use their ranking as an accreditation to help secure funding and investment
  • Receive access to free premium training through our Fast 50 Skills Hub in collaboration with training provider Multiverse
  • 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-fifth 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 2022 UK Fast 50, companies are ranked based on percentage growth for each company's stated fiscal year revenues over the last four years (2018/19 to 2021/22).

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 2022 UK Technology Fast 50 close on Friday 2 September. Winners will announced mid-November at the awards ceremony and then to the public 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 UKDeloitteFast50@deloitte.co.uk.

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 2022 programme.

Do all entrants have to be publicly held?

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

Who do I contact for further assistance?

Please email UKDeloitteFast50@deloitte.co.uk with any questions you may have about the UK Fast 50.

When are the 2022 entries open?

The 2022 nominations will open from 13 June - 2 September 2022.