The 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA list was revealed yesterday, with Dutch online auction Catawiki beating big names from the region to take first place.
The Dutch firm, which launched in 2008, has experienced 45,080%* growth over the past four years and now has almost 12 million visitors to the site every month with over 25,000 objects auctioned on a weekly basis.
The list is an annual assessment of the fastest-growing business from across the EMEA region. Others in the top 10 include Swedish company iZettle AB and Israeli software business Zerto.
There are three British firms in the top 10. The highest-ranked is World Remit in fourth, followed by Skyscape Cloud Services in sixth and Grove Solutions in ninth.
Overall the UK provides 72 of the top 500 companies. Only France with 87 has more. Norway (50), the Netherlands (49) and Sweden (37) make up the top five.
Just over half (52%) of the companies come from the software sector; well above the next best-represented sector of media (18%).
Deloitte UK partner David Cobb called the rates of growth achieved this year “particularly inspiring”.
“I would like to congratulate our overall winner, Catawiki, who managed to achieve a remarkable 45,080 percent rate of growth,” he continued.
“These results highlight the strength and determination of the technology sector across this region with a clear indication of some of our business leaders of the future.”
Catawiki founder and CEO Rene Schoenmaker called it a “great honour” to be recognised for the “phenomenal growth that we have experienced over the past three years”.
“To be awarded top of the list against such key leading brands within the industry is a tremendous achievement and one that we are very proud to receive,” he said.
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