The Gibson Index contains profiles on some 70,000 early stage start-ups, University spinouts, SME veterans, technology-led consultancies and business partnerships. It forms the world’s first comprehensive national small company database of any major nation.

The index is the result of an intensive research project by the writer and author Marcus Gibson, a prolific contributor to The Financial Times newspaper, and his team of researchers and correspondents from around the UK – in a project started more than 10 years ago.

It seeks to highlight the UK’s unique treasure store of small technology companies - which is one of the most important but least understood ‘Crown Jewels’ of the British economy.

Subscribers to the database include UK Government organizations, blue chip British companies, academic institutions, finance houses and economic development organizations keen to keep in touch with the fast moving world of technology and small SMEs in the UK.



News from Gibson Index Ltd in 2018:


February 27th, 2019: three new companies pinpointed by Gibson Index as ‘top’ potential: Cambridge-based cell tech firm Mogrify Ltd, with Dr Darren Disley OBE at the helm; Oxford-based VeriVin Ltd, which has developed a spectroscopic wine analyser that may abolish vintage wine fraud; and Maximus Networks, a company aiming to ‘reinvent the public phone box with 5G’.

January 18, 2019: Gibson Index maps top UK tech sectors nationally across the UK: AI, fintech, software, digital services and materials sectors – a total of 4,270 new companies added to the dataset in the latest update.

November 28th, 2018: As predicted by Gibson Index in ‘The Economist’ in 2016, UK exports in the two years since the Brexit vote have exploded by 15%, the biggest rise in recent history. Marcus Gibson, editor of Gibson Index Ltd and former columnist for ‘The Financial Times’, said: “This is entirely contrary to the Doomsday forecasts of the Treasury, CBI and IoD, Bank of England, OECD and World Bank, and other ‘experts’. If this rate of export expansion continues it will result in nothing short of an economic miracle that will be studied for years to come.
“It is a great pity that the mainstream media missed this historic development. They’ve failed to profile the amazing SMEs – in consumer goods, luxury gifts, food & drink, and in manufacturing - who travel the world selling British-made goods in new, high growth markets outside the EU – such as Kazakhstan, Oman, and Macedonia.
“If this export rise keeps going, in just six years the UK exports to the EU may fall below 25% of total UK exports – sharply reducing our current dependence on the will of the European Commission and EU politicians.”

October 1st, 2018: Gibson Index Ltd begins working for techUK, the largest technology-led SME membership organisation in the UK - to join, contact: Glyn Hughes on 020 7331 2026 or at

September 7th, 2018: National contract for SMEs issued by BEIS - Gibson Index Ltd

August 12th, 2018: Top quality Scottish SMEs recently pinpointed by Gibson Index, includes McCormack Innovations, Beeks plc, RHA Technoloiges Ltd and HV Systems Ltd

July 25th, 2018: Top 500 firms list in North West England completed, issued

June 15th, 2018: Gibson Index releases critical report into failures of UK innovation policy
- Call 020 7629 4064 to purchase full report: £880.

June 12, 2018: Gibson Index’s ‘Top SME’ Ceravision Ltd launches world-beating lamp

June 5th, 2018: Gibson Index supplies BEIS with 430 UK robotics company list – a record

May 15th, 2018: Corporation of City of London commissions UK database

May 3rd, 2018: Gibson Index supplies key SME candidates to Royal Academy of Engineering

April 2018: Major finance firm receives ‘Top 100’ list of SMEs for investment from GI

March 2018: Gibson Index logs 70,000th UK SME in its unique national database

February 2018: York College joins new clutch of FE Colleges subscribing to SME data

January 2018: Gibson Index releases ‘Top 10 SMEs to Watch in 2018’ list
- In third place: Pragma UK Ltd
- In second place: Vision Modular Systems UK Ltd
- In first place: Osler Diagnostics Ltd


News from Gibson Index Ltd in 2017:


Dec 2017: Gibson Index commissions two MSc students at Judge Business School, Cambridge, to probe comparative value of ‘Digital v Manufacturing’ to UK economy

Nov 2017: University of Chester re-subscribes to Gibson Index SME dataset

June 2017: Gibson Index releases report in support of Brexit: ‘Top 12 Reasons for Leaving’


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