Posted on Monday 19 November 2012 by Ulster Business

Rehabstudio

David Crawford; Deloitte Belfast with Jurgen Prause  from top ranking Northern Ireland company, Rehabstudio

Fifteen Northern Ireland based companies have been ranked in the prestigious Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards, with Belfast based Rehabstudios Ltd leading the local charge and claiming NI's only top ten spot.

The Fast 50 programme, now in its thirteenth year, ranks the fastest growing technology companies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and is an opportunity for businesses to gain recognition for their successes and achievements.

Rehabstudio Ltd was the highest ranked company from Northern Ireland, featuring at number five and achieving a growth rate of 1187% over the last five years. The creative technologies business also appeared with e-commerce consultants Export Technologies on the UK Fast 50 ranking placed a 32 and 47 respectively.

NI based Novosco, Andor Technology plc and Texthelp Ltd once again achieved a ranking this year and are the only three companies to have featured in the ranking since the beginning of the programme.

Congratulating the local winners of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 programme, David Crawford, Partner with Deloitte, Belfast said: "2012 has proved a very successful year for the local technology industry. As well as welcoming global businesses such as the CME Group, Cowen Group and Quantus, the indigenous industry has once again grown and this has been reflected in the awards."

"Several newcomers have made their mark on the ranking this year such as Farmwizard; Path XL and Rycoweb Limited proving the breadth of the local industry. It's exciting to recognise this next generation of technological excellence - yet still see steadfast business such as Novosco, Andor Technology and Texthelp Ltd standing strong."

Seven counties across the island of Ireland are represented on this year's listing. Dublin leads the pack with 30 companies, followed by Antrim with 12 companies. There are two companies from Limerick, Cork and Down and Kerry and Derry each have one company on this year's ranking

The overall winner was Dublin based Ezetop, a company enabling people living or working abroad to instantly top up mobile phones of friends and family back home. The company, whose services are available from more than 350,000 retail stores in 16 countries, as well as online and on mobile phones, achieved an aggregate growth rate of 6986% over the last five years.

Two companies have also been awarded Rising Star awards - Sixteen South, who develop, create and produce children's television, is Northern Ireland's Rising Star winner for the second year running with FeedHenry Ltd, a cloud mobile application platform provider representing the Republic of Ireland in the category.

The awards took place in the Guinness Storehouse on Friday 16th November. Dr Chris Horn, co-founder and former CEO Iona Technologies, was keynote speaker at the event

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