Ambition Nation Listed 50

Ambition Nation Listed 50

Ambition Nation Listed 50 Awards 2020

Announced: 28 October 2020

 

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.

Driving Ambition Film Series

As part of the Ambition Nation Listed 50, we want to put business leaders in the driving seat, to dig a little deeper into what makes these innovative companies tick. 

Presenting our interview film series, Driving Ambition, now in its second year.

Each week, presenter Oli Barrett MBE interviews a diverse selection of CEOs and leaders from the finnCap Ambition Nation Listed 50 to find out more about their growth journey, the key decisions these leaders made to get their companies where they are today, the importance of being listed, the challenges of recent macroeconomic events, and how they are working towards a sustainable future. 

 

Driving Ambition 2020 Ep 1 | Paul Swinney, CEO, Tristel 

- Chemistry and Culture

Driving Ambition 2020 Ep 2 | Louis Hall, CEO, Cerillion

- Funding and Future Connections

Driving Ambition 2020 Ep 3 | Morgan Tillbrook CEO, Alpha FX

- Client-Centric Culture and Minimising Complexity

Driving Ambition 2020 Ep 4 | Chris Barnes, CEO, Tracsis

- Connecting and maintaining entrepreneurial spirit

Driving Ambition 2020 Ep 5 | Keith Daley, Executive Chairman, and Aylsa Muir, CFO, Checkit

- Transformation and Future Growth

Driving Ambition 2020 Ep 6 | Highlights

- Advantages of being a listed company

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

Cohort of 2019/2020

AB Dynamics

Best of the Rest

Alfa Financial Software

Technology

Alpha Financial Markets

Best of the Rest

Alpha FX Group

Financials

Anglo Pacific Group

Best of the Rest

Augean

Best of the Rest

Avon Rubber

Best of the Rest

Beeks Financial Cloud Grp

Technology

Belvoir Group

Best of the Rest

Bioventix

Best of the Rest

Brewin Dolphin

Financials

Cerillion

Technology

Character Group

Consumer

Checkit Technology

Clipper Logistics

Best of the Rest

Craneware

Technology

D4t4 Solutions

Technology

dotDigital Group

Technology

Eckoh

Technology

Elecosoft

Technology

Equals Group

Financials

Focusrite

Consumer

Harwood Wealth Management

Financials

Hotel Chocolat Group

Consumer

Ideagen

Technology

IG Design Group

Consumer

IMImobile

Technology

Impax Asset Management Gp

Financials

Inspired Energy

Best of the Rest

Instem

Technology

Integrated Diagnostics

Best of the Rest

Joules Group

Consumer

Kainos Group

Technology

Keystone Law Group

Best of the Rest

Liontrust Asset Mgmt

Financials

Medica Group

Best of the Rest

Midwich Group

Best of the Rest

Morses Club

Financials

Mortgage Advice Bureau

Financials

Oxford Metrics

Technology

SDI Group

Best of the Rest

Springfield Properties

Best of the Rest

Strix Group

Best of the Rest

Tatton Asset Management

Financials

Ten Entertainment Group

Consumer

Tracsis

Technology

Tribal Group

Technology

Tristel

Best of the Rest

Watkin Jones

Best of the Rest

YouGov

Best of the Rest

 

Cohort of 2018/2019 - The winners

Award

 

Winner

 

Top ranked company: Overall

Kainos

 

Top ranked company: Technology

Kainos

 

Top ranked company: Consumer

 

On The Beach

 

Top ranked company: Financials

K3 Capital

 

Top ranked company: Best of the rest

Tristel

 

Best performing company: Overall

Future

 

Best performing company: Technology

Sanderson Group

 

Best performing company: Consumer

Hotel Chocolat

 

Best performing company: Financials

Liontrust Asset Management

 

Best performing company: Best of the rest

Future

 

 

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

Overall Top Ranked 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.

Top ranked and best performing companies in the following sectors:

  • Technology
  • Consumer
  • Financials
  • “Best of the Rest”

 

Watch the interviews from Driving Ambition 2019