Date: 25th October 2010
London, 25th October, 2010 – Mobile Interactive Group (MIG) today announced that it ranked Number One in the 2010 Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK. Rankings are based on percentage revenue growth over five years. Mobile Interactive Group grew 26885 percent during this period.
Mobile Interactive Groups CEO & Founder, Barry Houlihan, credits continued investment in proprietary technology, platforms and people, and working with great clients with the company’s 26885 percent revenue growth over the past five years. He said, “We’re in a hot high-growth industry and are constantly dealing with rapid changes in devices, products, platforms and user expectations. You need to have a clear vision, a great business model and a very strong culture to deal with that.”
“As a global integrated mobile and digital communications business, MIG’s services span mobile commerce, messaging solutions, interactive platforms and mobile advertising, to digital build and application development for all devices. Next year we’re placing a strong emphasis on completing our investment in globally scaling our technology capabilities as well as growing international revenues. We are currently building sales teams and partnerships in markets like the USA, Africa and Asia Pacific and we’ll be relocating some of our senior management and directors to support that growth.”
David Halstead, Partner leading the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, said: “The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 gives great profile to technology companies and is internationally recognised as being one of the most important business awards in the sector.”
“In spite of the challenging financial market conditions, the 2010 Deloitte Fast 50 shows that tremendous growth rates are still possible, with the mobile technology and software sectors showing particular strength.
“The Technology Fast 50 awards are an opportunity for businesses to gain recognition for their successes and achievements over the previous 12 months. Successful companies have overcome many challenges to grow their businesses, and maintaining their growth will rely on attracting and retaining the most able staff.”
Tech clusters – continued dominance of London and Silicon Fen. ‘Silicon Glen’ struggles
This year’s Deloitte Technology Fast 50 highlights the dominance of London, with five of the top ten coming from London and London companies make up 40% of the ranking. Internet companies were typically based in London with eight in the Fast 50.
Scotland has only 2% of companies in this year’s Fast 50, highlighting the fact that technology companies have failed to thrive so far from London. Scottish companies have had a challenging year and Scottish winner, Bloxx CEO, Eamonn Doyle believes, “Many tech start-ups in Scotland have faltered during the tough economy because they didn’t have enough capital behind them.”
Bloxx is based on the outskirts of Edinburgh, with access to high quality technical graduates, but a more significant challenge is finding good sales staff. “We’re at the wrong end of the country for many clients so we have opened an office in Bracknell and our sales director there has recruited successfully”, Doyle explains.
In contrast, Cambridge continues to fare well with semiconductor and software company, DisplayLink coming in second place with 82,372 growth. Overall companies based in Cambridge made up 14% of the ranking. DisplayLink was actually conceived by an American, Martin King, based in Seattle. However, King quickly realised that his vision to create a company that would develop technology to connect mobile devices to larger visual display units would be most effectively achieved in Cambridge, and so set up his business in the UK.
Craig Ensley, DisplayLink’s president and CEO said: “Martin King founded the business in 2003 because there was specific expertise in Cambridge around real-time networking of visual and graphics information over networks.”
- Cambridge and East 14%
- South West 4%
- South East 18%
- Scotland 4%
- Northern Ireland 2%
- North 10%
- Midlands 8%
- London 40%
Survey of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 companies
The Fast 50 companies cited their biggest operational challenges in managing their rapid growth was hiring and keeping top quality talent (48%). Concerns around systems and process (15%), innovation of new products and services (11%) and increasing customer demand (7%) were the other key issues they had to tackle.
Notes to editors
Top five companies
- Mobile Interactive Group, Software, 26885%
- DisplayLink (UK) Limited, Semiconductors, components and electronics, 9041%
- Mimecast Limited, Software, 7579%
- Translations Online Limited, Media and entertainment, 5409%
- Periscopix, Internet, 5147%
UK Deloitte Technology Fast 50
The UK Deloitte Technology Fast 50 initiative ranks UK high growth technology companies based on percentage growth in stated revenue over five years. The programme is sponsored by Taylor Wessing, a leading International law firm with a focus on the industries of tomorrow, and Fidelity Growth Partners Europe, a venture and growth capital investor which backs entrepreneur with aspiration for greatness in the IT and clean technology sectors across Europe. Frequently asked questions and details of the winning companies, including breakdowns by industry sector and ranking, will be available on www.deloitte.co.uk/fast50.
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Technology Fast 50 Selection and Qualifications
The Technology Fast 50 list is compiled from Deloitte’s nominations submitted directly to the Technology Fast 50, and public company database research. To qualify for the Technology Fast 50, entrants must have had 2005 operating revenues of at least £34,000. Deloitte researchers examined financial statements to validate operating revenues.
Entrants must also be public or private companies headquartered in a participating region of the UK and must be a “technology company,” defined as a company that owns proprietary technology that contributes to a significant portion of the company's operating revenues; or devotes a significant proportion of revenues to the research and development of technology. Using other companies' technology in a unique way does not qualify.
About Mobile Interactive Group (MIG)
Mobile Interactive Group (MIG) is a global integrated mobile and digital communications business and is the fastest growing privately owned technology company in the UK.
Comprising a unique combination of businesses, MIG specialist disciplines include mobile advertising, mobile marketing, mobile billing, mobile messaging, mobile technology and services provision, multi channel digital solutions, mobile internet publishing, experiential design and application development.
Innovation, technology, creativity and passion remain core to everything we do and we aim to help our clients understand the benefits of adopting a fully integrated, cross platform communications strategy.
All platforms and applications are developed in–house and are MIG’s proprietary technology, and currently serve multiple sectors including MNO’s, media and broadcasters, music and entertainment business, financial services, public sector, brands, agencies and handset manufacturers.
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