Hot 100 2012: Methodology and acknowledgements

Hot 100 Methodology

The Investec Hot 100, in association with Real Business, is a ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the UK, using accounts filed at Companies House up to the end of February. We work with information specialists Jordans to produce our ranking.

It is based on compound annual growth rates measured over a four-year period ? ie: the single rate at which the starting value would have to grow each year to reach the final value.?

To qualify, the latest accounts needed to show sales of more than ?10m and have Ebitda of more than ?1m. All profits referred to in this article are based on Ebitda profits.?Accounts had to be filed in the past two years and all companies needed to be actively trading. No company was included if Jordans could not supply a credit rating. Subsidiary companies were not considered.

Hot 100 Acknowledgements

The Hot 100 2012 is brought to you by Investec, Jordans, Cass Business School and Your Business Your Future. Here is a little more about our partners:

Jordans, a provider of business information data, company reports and searches and risk-management products, supplied the financials for the Hot 100.?Visit, or call Denise Sebastian on 0117 918 1283? for more information.

Investec is an international specialist bank. Our highly-experienced teams are well positioned to provide entrepreneurs with services that can satisfy both their personal and business needs through their entrepreneurial lifecycle. Email or visit

Cass Business School is one of Europe?s leading business schools and includes the Peter Cullum Centre for Entrepreneurship. The Better Business Programme is run with Your Business Your Future, the provider of development programmes for ambitious owner-managers.

Extra copies of the Hot 100 are available from our subscriptions desk. To order, call 020 7045 7558.

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