FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies 2018

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The FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies is a list of the Top 1000 companies in Europe that have achieved the highest percentage growth in revenues between 2013 and 2016.

Application phase
The project was advertised online and in print, allowing all eligible companies to register via the websites created by Statista and the Financial Times. In addition, through research in company databases and other public sources Statista has identified tens of thousands of companies in Europe as potential candidates for the FT 1000 ranking. These companies were invited to participate in the competition by post, email and telephone. The application phase ran from 1st November 2017 to 31th January 2018. The submitted revenue figures had to be certified by the CFO, CEO or a member of the Executive Committee of the company.


Criteria for inclusion

To be included in the list of fast-growing companies in Europe, a company had to meet the following criteria:

  • Revenue of at least €100,000 generated in 2013
  • Revenue of at least €1.5m generated in 2016 The company is independent (the company is not a subsidiary or branch office of any kind).
  • The company is headquartered in one of 31 European countries2.
  • The revenue growth between 2013 and 2016 was primarily organic (i.e. "internally" stimulated)
  • If a company is listed on a stock exchange, its share price has not fallen 25% or more since 2016

1 Non-euro countries: currency value equivalent as of 31/12/16 and 31/12/2016
2 Eligible to participate were all companies from these countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom..


Calculation of growth rates

The calculation of company growth rates is based on the revenue figures submitted by the companies in the respective national currency. For better comparability in the ranking the revenue figures were converted into euros. The average exchange rate for the financial year indicated by the company was used for this purpose.

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) was calculated as follows:

((revenue2016 / revenue2013 )^(1/3)) - 1 = compound annual growth rate


The absolute growth between 2013 and 2016 was calculated as follows:

(revenue2016 / revenue2013 ) - 1 = growth rate


Evaluation and quality assurance

All data reported by the companies was processed and checked by Statista. Missing data entries (employee numbers, address data, etc.) were researched in detail. Companies that did not fulfill the criteria for inclusion in the ranking were deleted. The minimum average growth rate required to be included in the ranking this year was 34.6%.



The ranking of the FT 1000 was created through a complex procedure. Although the search was very extensive, the ranking does not claim to be complete, as some companies did not want to make their figures public or did not participate for other reasons.

How do I register for 2019?

* Please note the following conditions

The term of agreement is one year from purchase date.

In consideration of payment of the fee by you (the “Licensee”), the Licensee is hereby granted a nonexclusive, worldwide, non-transferable, non-sub-licensable licence for one year from the date of purchase of the seal “FT1000 High-Growth Companies Asia-Pacifc 2018” (the “Seal” ) in accordance with the Permit ted Uses and Logo Sizes set out below.  The Seal consists of the logos of The Financial Times and Statista (the “Logos”) as pictured in this licence agreement only.

“FINANCIAL TIMES” and “FT” are registered trademarks of the Financial Times Limited. The Licensee acknowledges and agrees that the Financial Times Limited (“FT”) shall have no liability whatsoever to the Licensee pursuant to this licence agreement or otherwise in relation to the “FT1000 High-Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2018” ranking.  The Licensee shall only use the “FINANCIAL TIMES” or “FT” names or marks as part of the Seal for the purposes explicitly stated in this licence agreement, and in any event not in any manner which FT reasonably considers damages the goodwill or reputation of FT. The Licensee shall immediately cease such use if reasonably requested to do so by FT. 

The Licensee agrees that FT may enforce the terms of this licence agreement which specifically refers to, or grants rights to, FT. Licensee acknowledges and agrees that the Seal and the Logos and all right, title and interest therein, is and shall remain the exclusive property of The Financial Times and Statista respectively.

Upon termination or expiration of this Agreement, the Licensee’s right to use the Seal and the Logos shall immediately terminate and all rights granted to the Licensee hereunder with respect to the Seal and the Logos shall automatically revert to The Financial Times and Statista without further notice.

This Agreement contains the full and complete understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior representations and understanding, whether oral or written.


Permitted uses and Logo Sizes:

Standard Printed Media. Non-dominant application to printed approximately A4 size marketing material and stationery in a size no smaller than approximately 3cm x 1,5 cm and no larger than approximately 15cm x 7,5cm; Standard Digital Media. Non - dominant application to digit al marketing materials , website home page and social media channels in a size of no smaller than 3cm x 1,5 cm and no larger than 15cm x 7,5cm when viewed on a standard business-use computer screen; and Standard Public Displays and Conferences. Non-dominant application to display marketing materials (such as posters or awards plaques) in a size of no smaller than 15cm x 7,5cm and no larger than the size of an A3 sheet of paper; all of the above Permitted uses and Logo sizes in relation to the relevant Licensee’s materials, sites and channels only Restrictions. The Licensee of a Seal Licence shall not:

  • Apply the Seal to any materials whether print or digital, in a manner, size or location, which in the sole discretion of the Financial Times Limited or Statista portrays the Licensee as having any relationship with the FT or Statista other than as a company listed in the 2018 Ranking; or
  • Disseminate or digitally provide marketing communications which portray the Licensee as having any relationship with the FT or Statista other than as a company listed in the 2018 Ranking, regardless of whether the 2018 Seal is applied to such marketing communications.

Breach. Breach of any terms of use of this licence agreement may result in the immediate revocation of this licence agreement and the requirement for all use of the 2018 Seal to cease and all print materials bearing the 2018 Seal to be destroyed.

Additional Permitted Uses: Should a company listed in the 2018 Ranking wish to use the 2018 Seal in a manner or size not specifically set out in the permit ted use section of the Seal Licence, then such company may approach Statista with their request for additional use permission. Additional Permitted Uses, if approved, will be subject to a further fee.

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