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.
- 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.
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