Ambition Nation Listed 50 - 2020/2021

Ambition Nation Listed 50 - 2020/2021

Our small- to mid-cap PLCs are at the heart of corporate Britain's growth. Here at finnCap, we see our listed SMEs as the lifeblood of our economy. We wanted to celebrate that, in a way that was totally objective.

Presenting the finnCap Ambition Nation Listed 50. The Ambition Nation Listed 50 acknowledges the best of the best in small and medium sized companies. It is driven by key metric fundamentals, identifying the 50 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.

Now in its third year, we are delighted to present the Ambition Nation Listed 50 cohort for 2020/2021.

Ambition Nation Listed 50 - 2020/2021

Company name

Sector

Alpha Financial Markets

Financials

Alpha FX 

Financials

Beeks Financial Cloud 

Technology

Belvoir 

Industrials & Services

Bioventix

Life Sciences

Brewin Dolphin

Financials

Brooks MacDonald 

Financials

Cake Box Holdings

Consumer

Cerillion

Technology

Chemring 

Industrials & Services

City of London Investment

Financials

Codemasters Group 

Consumer

Concurrent Technologies

Technology

Craneware 

Technology

dotDigital 

Technology

Eagle Eye Solutions

Technology

Eckoh

Technology

EMIS 

Life Sciences

Ergomed

Life Sciences

Euromoney Institutional Investor

Industrials & Services

Focusrite

Consumer

Franchise Brands

Industrials & Services

FW Thorpe

Industrials & Services

Ideagen

Technology

Idox

Technology

IMImobile 

Technology

Impax Asset Management 

Financials

Instem

Life Sciences

Integrated Diagnostics

Life Sciences

Judges Scientific

Industrials & Services

K3 Capital Group

Financials

Keystone Law Group

Industrials & Services

Learning Technologies Group

Technology

Liontrust Asset Management

Financials

Morses Club

Financials

Mortgage Advice Bureau

Financials

Netcall

Technology

Oxford Metrics

Technology

Polar Capital

Financials

Premier Miton 

Financials

Property Franchise 

Industrials & Services

Sanne 

Financials

Strix Group

Industrials & Services

Sumo Group 

Consumer

Tatton Asset Management

Financials

Team17 

Consumer

Treatt

Industrials & Services

Tristel

Life Sciences

Volex

Industrial & Services

YouGov

Industrials & Services

 

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
  • Life Sciences
  • Industrials & Services

finnCap Group Managing Director Stuart Andrews and Head of Research Raymond Greaves discuss the 2020/2021 cohort of the Ambition Nation Listed 50 with host Oli Barrett MBE, below.

Driving Ambition | Film Series

Interviews with the leaders of the Listed 50

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.

Weekly, 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. 

 

Watch our archive of Driving Ambition episodes below

Ambition Nation Listed 50 Awards – Winners 2020

finnCap Group extends our huge congratulations to the 2020 winners of Ambition Nation Listed 50 Awards, celebrating the UK’s leading small and medium UK-listed companies that offer the best blend of growth and quality. 

Cohort of 2019/2020

Award

 

Winner

Top ranked company: Overall

Checkit

Top ranked company: Technology

Checkit

Top ranked company: Consumer

 

Focusrite

Top ranked company: Financials

Tatton Asset Management

Top ranked company: Best of the rest

AB Dynamics

Best performing company: Overall

Avon Rubber

Best performing company: Technology

Kainos

Best performing company: Consumer

Focusrite

Best performing company: Financials

Impax Asset Management

Best performing company: Best of the rest

Avon Rubber

 

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