Are you interested in science and technology? Do you want to become the next tech mastermind and work for the next Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg? If it is your dream to work for a company that leads the way in technology and is able to predict and tackle future market trends, then you have to decide on one of these three options: either you start your own company and do it yourself, you give it your best shot with famous brands such as Google or you join a tech organisation that looks promising enough to help you reach your ambitions.
If the first option is something that you consider in the long run but not sure whether you are up for it at the moment – and Google seems like a long shot, then you have to decide on a good employer. That of course, is easier said than done considering that there are plenty of options to choose from…
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According to Hiscox, many tech companies are currently on the rise and could be your next place of work. In The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table 2015, the company lists a hundred of emerging tech organisations that are expected to lead the UK’s tech industry in the coming years. In fact, Fast Tack’s research report has predicted that these are Britain’s fastest-growing private technology companies calculating their growth in sales over the latest three years.
So how would you like to work for a company that is worth millions or even billions? Here are the first top 10 tech companies on the list:
Ve-Interactive is an e-commerce technology developer that helps online retailers increase their sales and is estimated to be worth about 1.25 billion pounds. Some of the organisation’s most loyal customers are Etihad, Vodafone and Topman, which help Ve-Interactive generate huge revenues every year. According to the Tech Track 100 report this company’s revenues have grown by 306% a year, and went from 313 thousand pounds to 20. 9 million within a period of three years (2011-2014).
Neuven is a staff administration software company that provides its services to many popular UK supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and Allied Bakeries. The company is based in Manchester and it helps companies save back-office costs working on legislation for temporary staff. The company’s CEO, John Simmonds, has led the business since 2012 and is making plans for expanding their offices internationally.
FanDuel is a fantasy sports game developer that is valued at 1.3 billion dollars. Based in Edinburgh, the company mainly focuses on its online gaming platform that offers cash prices for US and Canadian sports fans who are interested in basketball, ice hockey, American football and baseball. Since it was founded in 2007, the company has managed to raise over 166 million pounds from big investors including Google Capital. Check out the video to find out how FanDuel works.
4. Funding Circle
Funding Circle is a peer-to-peer lending website that helps businesses to find suitable lenders seeking a return on their money. The original plan of the three founders (2010) was to help SMEs – Small-Medium Enterprises with their finances. Since then CEO Samir Desai has helped the company develop by increasing sales by 13.1 million pounds in 2014. And recently, the company made up to 100 million pounds in a funding round by DST Global.
RateSetter is another a peer-to-peer lending company, which allows its clients to lend or borrow money while choosing their own interest rates. The company focuses on non-traditional borrowing methods, and it is what makes it unique. RateSetter was also the first peer-to-peer lending platform to introduce a provision fund to protect investors. Apart from London, the company also operates in Australia since November last year.
6. LMAX Exchange
LMAX Exchange is e-FX trading technology company that has gained quite a reputation within the foreign exchange market. According to the Tech Track report, the company has backing from betting firm, Betfair and as it says on the corporate website, it offers a range of unique benefits to its clients including exchange quality execution, complete pre and post-trade transparency, no ‘last look’ or rejections, complete trading anonymity and offers a complete range of clearing solutions.
Palringo is an instant messaging and gaming platform that helps you connect with people from all over the world and compete with them in a variety of games. Amongst the most popular mobile games from Palringo is Icy Tower Retro and Shib Shib War. Just as its 7th place in the Tech Track 100 list confirms Parlingo is getting serious with over 27 million users and about 350,000 user-created social groups.
8. The Media Image
The Media Image is a digital marketing agency that was founded in 2008 by Grant Macfarlane, who was amongst the first five hires of Google AdWords in 2002. Today the company proudly offers paid search, SEO optimization solutions, display, content, design and social media to help other businesses and individuals to improve their marketing strategies.
Immunocore is a biotechnology company that is currently leading the way in developing a series of biologic drugs that could have the potential to treat serious diseases including cancer, viral infections and autoimmune diseases. Using technology, Immunocore has developed a special platform called ‘ImmTACs’ that could help them to develop these drugs. The chief executive of the company, Eliot Forster, has over 25 years of experience in the biotechnology industry.
Impulsepay is a leading mobile developer that offers payment solutions to its clients through their customers mobile phones. Founded in 2009 by Chris Newell, the company has just ten employees, and but they have still managed to achieve an annual sales increase of 168, 23 thousand pounds within just 3 years. This is one of the reasons why Impulsepay is listed amongst the 10 fastest growing UK tech companies.
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For jobseekers out there, getting to know more about these new companies will help you identify opportunities a lot easier. Take a quick glance at this list and you can easily identify upcoming job market trends and expect possible job openings within the most popular tech-driven industries.
More specifically, in the UK (mostly central London) there will be more opportunities in software (management and app development), IT consulting and services, ‘fintech’ – an emerging financial service sector, telecoms services and technology, advertising technology, media and entertainment.
So are you based in the UK or willing to relocate to find work? Would you like to check out these companies, get more information about them and hopefully work for them in the future? Take a look at the Tech Track 100 report and apply to the ones that best accommodate your needs.
Where would you send your application first? Let us know in the comments section below…