The list includes well-established names such as Notonthehighstreet.com and Brompton Bicycle, and also younger companies such as Piccolo and Boom Cycle. View the full list here. To be considered for The Leap 100, these companies needed to demonstrate a recent history of rapid revenue growth, as well as ambitious plans for the future.
The Leap 100 aims to support entrepreneurs as they experience the highs and lows of fast growth, bringing together founders and business leaders to share their ideas and experiences. For the past three years, The Leap has invited 100 new fast-growth companies to join its network of founders and business leaders, with a launch feature profiling each of them in City A.M.
As with previous years, the challenges and hopes of this group will be tracked via regular polls and a series of events, with City A.M. and the other Leap Partners sharing the collective picture that emerges.
Nick Davis, Head of Corporate at Mishcon de Reya, said: "Since launching The Leap 100 in 2015 we now have 300 fast growth businesses in The Leap community. Scaling-up is challenging and is usually a highly dramatic time for businesses. Over the course of this year, we will gather together these businesses to facilitate debate and discussion around the factors that impact them the most, especially in the period leading up to Brexit. It is always so interesting to assemble these businesses during this stage of their growth and to hear their unique insights."
Christian May, Editor of City A.M., said: "In the wake of Britain's vote to leave the EU, the SME community continues to thrive. The Leap 100 is a very nimble selection of UK businesses – all flying in the face of the uncertainty that is Brexit to pursue rapid and sustainable growth. For this reason, The Leap 100 2017 is particularly inspirational, showcasing successful innovation, brand recognition and expansion into new markets and, of course, leadership and tenacity."
Tom Adeyoola, CEO and Founder of The Leap 100 company Metail, said of being included in the list: “It’s great to see Metail listed alongside some of the UK’s most exciting fast-growth firms in City A.M. and Mishcon de Reya's The Leap 100. Metail has grown from a tech start-up into one of the UK’s most prominent retail technology suppliers, drawing on the skills of a diverse and technically proficient workforce to scale at speed. We are delighted to be represented alongside exciting businesses from across the UK and look forward to engaging with innovative companies at all stage of the business life cycle.”
The Leap Launch event will take place on 24 May. This panel event will focus on the important relationship between funders and entrepreneurs, including what types of investors are out there, what investors will be looking for, and how to manage the ongoing funder/founder relationship.
As part of London Tech Week, Mishcon de Reya will then be hosting The Leap Tech Forum on 15th June: 'Going for Growth' - a live Q&A with Unruly founder Sarah Wood (Leap 2015) and a panel discussion with tech company founders of Leap 100 companies.
Throughout the year, Mishcon de Reya will continue to run monthly Power Breakfasts, each hosted by one of the founders of this Leap cohort and chaired by Philip Salter of The Entrepreneurs Network. Stay up to date with the latest The Leap 100 events here.
The Leap 100 has today been launched with a supplement in City A.M. – view PDF here.