SyndicateRoom collaborated with Beauhurst, a research body for the UK’s most ambitious startups, scale-ups and high-growth companies, to launch Top 100: Britain’s Fastest-Growing Businesses. The companies are ranked based on valuation increase between 2014 and 2017.

Key points

  • The Top 100 high-growth companies included in this report have contributed to the employment of around 10,200 people in total.
  • Of the Top 100 cohort, 44 classify themselves as technology/IP-based businesses – more than the next four largest sectors combined.
  • Just seven Top 100 businesses are led by a woman. In the UK, men are about twice as likely to start a business than women are. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor data shows that in 2016, there were 47 female entrepreneurs for every 100 male entrepreneurs in the UK – the lowest ratio since 2009. This figure also falls short of the European average of 59 female to 100 male entrepreneurs (52:100 in 2009).
  • 71% of the Top 100 have their HQ in London. The next biggest hub is the nearby South East region with 12%, followed by East of England with 5%. While cities like Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow are being heralded as flourishing startup ecosystems, the data suggests London remains the main hub for businesses looking to grow.

Press coverage:

  • City AM: These are the UK’s 100 fastest-growing startups: Transferwise and Deliveroo top the list
  • The Memo: TransferWise leads SyndicateRoom’s rip-roaring Top 100 list
  • AltFi: Out of UK’s Top 100 start ups, only 7% are headed by women
  • Crowdfund Insider: SyndicateRoom Publishes “Top 100: Britain’s Fastest-Growing Businesses”
  • Forbes Britain’s 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies