Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses and spam, has been recognised at the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 50 Awards for its "Outstanding Achievement". Sophos receive the reward as a result of being the only company to have been a London and South-East region Technology Fast 50 Awards winner for six successive years.
William Touche, Chairman of the Technology Fast 50 Programme, said, "The Fast 50 programme has always been a reliable indicator of whether British innovation is leading to more growth and wealth creation. These companies have demonstrated how to survive and thrive in today's market by helping their customers reduce their costs and improve their performance."
"Sophos has a proven record of success. Being listed for six successive years in these prestigious awards is a tremendous achievement," said Graham Cluley, head of corporate communications for Sophos. "All of Sophos's 650 staff can feel proud to have their company ranked in the Top 50 for the past six years, reaching number 31 in this year's Fast 50, with a growth rate of 115%."
The Technology Fast 50 programme seeks out those companies that have shown impressive growth rates in the telecommunications, hardware, software and biotechnology markets over the last three financial years. All companies considered for the award must be headquartered in the London and South-East region of the UK, must be technology-intensive or use unique technology in problem solving, or must devote a high percentage of effort to research and development.
Deloitte & Touche created the Technology Fast 50 to reach out to UK technology companies and champion innovation in the sector. The programme tracks the growth rates of technology companies in seven regions in the UK and Ireland, culminating in a national ranking in December 2003.
This year's event is also co-sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, the global provider of technology products and services; SCC, part of Europe's largest privately-owned technology group; the London Stock Exchange; and Intellect, the trade body for the UK-based information technology, telecommunications and electronics industry.
About the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 50 Programme
The programme consists of a series of regional programmes covering the East, London & South East, Midlands, South West & South Wales, the North and Scotland and Ireland. Each region hosts an awards ceremony to honour the 50 fastest growing technology companies in their areas in October and November. Following the regional programmes, Deloitte & Touche publishes a national ranking of the UK's Technology Fast 50 companies.
For further information, visit www.fast50.co.uk
About Deloitte & Touche LLP
Deloitte & Touche LLP is the UK's fastest growing major professional services firm. It is based in 23 UK locations, with over 10,000 staff nationwide and fee income of £1228 million in 2002/2003. The firm is a member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, a leading professional services organisation, delivering world class assurance and advisory, tax and consulting services, with around 120,000 people in over 140 countries. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is a Swiss Verein, and each of its national practices is a separate and independent legal entity.
Deloitte & Touche is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.