The Fast 50

The Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 Award recognises the fastest growing technology companies in the United Kingdom.  As former Director of Development at Orbis Technology, double winner of the award, I have interviewed fellow winners to share just how we achieved our success. Each story is unique and inspiring, from a wide range of technology companies. Some creating powerful applications with leading edge AI technologies; others exploring the huge and still largely untapped potential of smart devices. 


LoopMe were placed 12th in the Fast 50 of 2017 with 1,825% growth and are now the largest mobile-first video advertising platform. Founded in 2012, LoopMe’s mission is to close the loop on brand advertising, using data and artificial intelligence.

Nervecentre Software

Founded in 2010, Nervecentre Software has won the Fast 50 award for three consecutive years (2015-2017), coming 6th in 2016 with growth of 2,702%. This innovative business is a pioneer in bringing clinical applications to mobile technology within acute hospitals, revolutionising patient safety and productivity whilst making it easier for clinicians to communicate and leverage whole hospital resources. Nervecentre have delivered award-winning mobile solutions to over 30 NHS Trusts in the UK and some of the largest hospitals in Europe.

Orbis Technology (now OpenBet)

Creating online sports betting, Orbis Technology supplied and customised licenced solutions to all major UK bookmakers together with leaders in other regulated territories, including Macau and Ireland. Acquired by NDS (News Corp) in 2000 for £45M, Orbis went on to grow revenue by 999%, winning the Deloitte Fast 50 award for 2 consecutive years. With sustained growth over 10 years the business was sold in 2011 to Vitruvian for £208M.


Paddle provide a checkout, eCommerce, marketing and analytics platform to developers and software businesses, allowing them to spend time doing what they love - building incredible products. It was awarded 6th place in the Fast 50 in 2017 with 3,239% growth.


Established in 2011, Poq was awarded a place in the 2017 Fast 50 with 1015% growth. Poq has defined and built App Commerce software that enables leading retailers to forge deeper and more valuable customer relationships, increase insight, engagement, conversion and revenue, whilst decreasing costs, risks and implementation time..


Using webcams and the latest in machine learning technology, Realeyes’ emotional ad tech platform measures how people feel as they watch video content online, enabling brands, agencies and media companies to optimise their video content and help target their ads at the right audiences. In 2017, after growing its revenue 932% within four years, Realeyes has been named as one of the fastest-growing tech businesses in the UK by Deloitte Technology Fast 50. Realeyes’ customers include brands such as Mars, Hershey’s and Coca-Cola, agencies Ipsos, MarketCast and Publicis, and media companies such as Turner, Teads and Oath.

Receipt Bank

Founded in 2010, Receipt Bank has revolutionised accounting for small business and was awarded 7th place in 2017 with 2,947% growth. The first to automate the collection and data extraction from receipts and invoices, Receipt Bank now provide AI and automation technologies focussed on cost savings, effortless bookkeeping and real-time accounting. These solutions are used by over 6,000 accounting & bookkeeping firms and 100,000 small business customers globally.


Rockshore, a specialist provider of Real-time Operational Intelligence, focuses on the Aviation, Rail and Telecoms markets. Accurate up-to-date operational information helps customers improve their decision-making, collaborate more effectively and simplify processes. Rockshore won the Deloitte award in 2012 generating significant interest in the business and were acquired by CACI in 2015.


Skyscanner won a place in the Fast 50 for a record seven consecutive years (2009-2015) and were acquired by Ctrip for £1.4B in 2016. With self-built technology, six successful acquisitions of smaller companies and global reach, Skyscanner ensures that each month over 60 million travellers worldwide find the best flights, hotels and car hire.


Combining years of financial services experience with a customer-driven approach, GoCardless is transforming online payments and the direct debit industry. As a next generation payments company, it is making it incredibly cheap and easy for anyone to take payments online using the Direct Debit infrastructure. GoCardless were awarded 8th place in the Fast 50 in 2017 with 2097% growth.

Mighty Social/Agency:2

With five years of sustained high growth and two consecutive Deloitte Fast 50 awards (2016/17), Mighty Social along with sister brand agency:2, is Europe’s fastest growing social ad tech company. The business serves its innovative AI driven Ad Tech platform, the ATOM, to achieve massive reductions in media wastage whilst delivering impressive ROI to some of the world’s most innovative brands, including Barbie, JLL, Fisher-Price, Pan Macmillan, Verisure, Worldpay and Mega Bloks. Mighty Social operates in over 13 countries.