– Leading digital media company named UK’s fastest-growing technology business, thanks to international sales –
London/Windsor, 14 July, 2014: Global Personals Ltd ranked 5th in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200. The league table, published yesterday, recognises Britain’s mid-market companies with the fastest growing international sales, based on the last two years of audited accounts.
Founded in 2003, Global Personals is one of Europe’s fastest-growing privately owned online dating and digital media companies. With annualised revenues of £50 million, the company climbed 8 places to rank at number 5 this year. Operating across seven English-speaking territories including Australia, USA and Canada, Global Personals has seen international growth of 180% over the last two years.
As the only online dating company to feature in the International Track 200 for the second year running, Global Personals placed above a number of other UK tech success stories including Mind Candy (makers of Moshi Monsters), Skyscanner, Wiggle and The Hut Group.
As multi-award winners, Global Personals is part of Tech City UK’s Future Fifty, has placed in both the European Media Momentum awards and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA for four consecutive years, and ranked in The Sunday Times BDO Profit Track twice.
CEO and founder of Global Personals, Ross Williams, said:
Last year, Global Personals were named as a ‘Company to Inspire Britain’ by the London Stock Exchange Group, recognised as delivering significant economic impact to the UK. I strongly believe in the importance of international trade for UK businesses and the positive effect this has on the British economy. I am exceptionally proud of my team for enabling Global Personals to be named among UK technology companies bridging the international trade gap; our recognition in The Sunday Times International Track 200 reaffirms that.
Ian Stuart, Head of HSBC UK Commercial Banking, commented:
The Sunday Times International Track 200 continues to provide an interesting insight into the important contribution privately-owned mid-market companies make to the UK economy, and this year’s league table symbolises the dynamism and innovation this group of companies with international ambitions are famed for.
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About Global Personals Ltd
Launched in 2003, Global Personals Ltd is one of the fastest-growing privately owned digital media companies in Europe. With annualised revenues of £50 million, the company currently employ over 180 full time staff and owns and operates an online dating portfolio including JustSingles.com, DatingAgency.com and Smooch.com, while B2B service, White Label Dating®, offers brands and individuals the ability to power their own dating sites. White Label Dating provide the dating software, membership database, payment processing, customer support, hosting infrastructure and more.
Global Personals Ltd is part of Tech City UK’s Future Fifty programme and was named as a ‘Company to Inspire Britain’ delivering significant impact to the UK economy by the London Stock Exchange Group in 2013. The company has also received a collection of additional accolades including fastest growing company in the South East, UK, in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA (2010-2013), The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 (2013-2014) and European Media Momentum Top 50 (2011- 2014).
Fast Track has published league tables of top-performing private companies with The Sunday Times for the past 18 years. Its invitation-only dinners provide a valuable opportunity for entrepreneurs to network and meet its sponsors. The company was founded and is run by Dr Hamish Stevenson, who also holds an associate fellowship at Green Templeton College, Oxford University.
HSBC is the title sponsor of the fifth annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200. It is a principal member of the HSBC Group, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations, with around 6,300 offices in over 75 countries and territories. HSBC Bank offers a full range of business banking solutions, drawing on the truly extensive global network of the HSBC Group.