Ambition Nation Listed 50

Ambition Nation Listed 50

The Ambition Nation Listed 50 identifies the fifty leading smaller UK-listed companies that offer the best blend of growth and quality as ranked by finnCap's equity analysis tool, The Slide Rule. As well as identifying the UK's best companies, Ambition Nation Listed 50 also celebrates the achievements and innovation of these business leaders.

The Slide Rule equity analysis tool provides a consistent, quantitative and rigorous approach to analysing and ranking quoted company performance. Our research shows that quality-growth companies are likely to deliver the best returns to shareholders over time. The universe of companies analysed cover 500 companies with market cap from £30m - £5bn.

Winners will be announced: 2nd October 2019 at the Ambition Nation Summit 2019

Driving Ambition Film Series

As part of the Ambition Nation Listed 50, we took to the road in the back of a London black cab, to dig a litte deeper into what makes these innovative companies tick. 

Each week, renowned broadcaster Rajan Datar interviews CEOs and leaders from the finnCap Ambition Nation Listed 50 to find out more about their growth journey and the key decisions these leaders made to get their companies where they are today.

 

With the Ambition Nation Summit is entitled 'Decisions, Decisions', we've put together this compilation video of the our subjects' key decision-making moments that propelled their companies.

Watch the Driving Ambition films in full or download as podcasts below

 

Driving Ambition Episode 1 - Watch the film or download the podcast here

Rajan speaks with Liontrust CEO John Ions about Liontrust’s remarkable growth journey, John’s approach to leadership and how he made those critical, focused decisions for growth, building trust with clients.

 

Driving Ambition Episode 2 - Watch the film or download the podcast here

Rajan speaks with COO of FDM Group Sheila Flavell, to discuss the importance of diversity and building a culture of owernship when it comes to talent acquisition.

 

Driving Ambition Episode 3 - Watch the film or download the podcast here

Rajan speaks with Paul Hogarth, CEO of Tatton Asset Management, from the back of a London taxi to discuss Tatton's successful growth journey, and how key partnerships created a better outcome for their clients. ​

The Ambition Nation Listed 50 is finnCap's chart of the 50 best performing small cap companies

Rank

Company name

Sector

1

Kainos Group

Technology

2

dotDigital Group

Technology

3

K3 Capital Group

Financials

4

LoopUp Group

Technology

5

Liontrust Asset Mgmt

Financials

6

Craneware Plc

Technology

7

On The Beach Group

Consumer

8

Mortgage Advice Bureau

Financials

9

Premier Asset Mgmt Group

Financials

10

Proactis

Technology

11

Netcall

Technology

12

Tatton Asset Management

Financials

13

Warpaint London

Consumer

14

Brooks MacDonald Group

Financials

15

IG Design Group

Consumer

16

Oxford Metrics

Technology

17

Gamma Communications

Technology

18

EMIS Group

Technology

19

Staffline Group

Best of the Rest

20

SafeCharge Intl Group

Technology

21

Tristel

Best of the Rest

22

ITE Group

Best of the Rest

23

FDM Group Holdings

Best of the Rest

24

Focusrite

Consumer

25

Elecosoft

Technology

26

Renew

Best of the Rest

27

SThree

Best of the Rest

28

Gresham Technologies

Technology

29

Harwood Wealth Management

Financials

30

YouGov

Best of the Rest

31

accesso Technology Group

Technology

32

Next Fifteen Comm

Best of the Rest

33

Joules Group

Consumer

34

Air Partner

Best of the Rest

35

Learning Technologies Grp

Technology

36

Gateley Holdings

Best of the Rest

37

Hotel Chocolat Group

Consumer

38

Ideagen

Technology

39

Tracsis

Technology

40

Midwich Group

Best of the Rest

41

Sanderson Group

Technology

42

Clipper Logistics

Best of the Rest

43

Sanne Group

Financials

44

Castleton Technology

Technology

45

M&C Saatchi

Best of the Rest

46

Mattioli Woods

Financials

47

Centaur Media

Best of the Rest

48

Polar Capital

Financials

49

Microgen

Technology

50

Future plc

Best of the Rest

Selection criteria

We will identify these companies using the Slide Rule, an in-house developed quantitative equity analysis tool. First, companies are ranked on a blend of sales growth, EBIT growth and free cash flow return on capital employed. Next, companies are 'stress-tested' for cash flow qualit, dividende affordability (if applicable) and levels of financial leverage, with those failing any of these tests being eliminated. Finally, there is an eligibility test: companies must have their headquarters in the UK; the market capitialisation must be in the range £30m - £1bn; the company must have been listed for at least 12 months. Of those companies remaining, the top 50 are nominated to the Ambition Nation Listed 50.

Award categories

Top Ranked Ambition Nation Listed 50 Company

Awarded to the top ranked Ambition Nation Listed 50 company across all sectors.

Overall Best Performing Company

Awarded to the Ambition Nation Listed 50 company across all sectors that has delivered the best share price total return over the last twelve months.

Highest New Entry

Awarded to the highest ranking new entrant across all sectors on the Ambition Nation Listed 50 list.

Top Ranked Technology Company

Awarded to the top ranked Ambition Nation Listed 50 company in the Technology sector.

Top Ranked Consumer Company

Awarded to the top ranked Ambition Nation Listed 50 company in the Consumer sector.

Top Ranked Financials Company

Awarded to top ranked Ambition Nation Listed 50 company in the Financials sector.

Top Ranked “Best of the Rest” Company

Awarded to the top ranked Ambition Nation Listed 50 company NOT in the Tech/Consumer or Financials sector.