Dec 2020: Article in ‘Research Fortnight’ laments steep fall in number of university spinouts going to the AIM market, down from 37 in 2000-2010 to just 10 in 2010-2020.
20 July 2020: Some recent successes: Predictions by Gibson Index have been pleasingly accurate:
— Only six out of the 7,300 top-rated firms have gone bust in the past five years, a validation of GI’s comprehensive SME assessment analyses, honed since it commenced in 2003.
— InnovateUK has now introduced a commercial-focused Knowledge Transfer Partnership - at last, and not just technology-based KTPs after 30 years of running the scheme. This came soon after GI first proposed a ‘KCP’
– with around 100 SMEs in the first tranche
– in ‘Research Fortnight’.
— Gibson Index also proposed a radical switch in the UK’s R&D strategy, calling for ‘Less R and More D’ to boost the greatly under-funded development portion of current spending, and accelerate the flow of new products and processes into global markets. This was later endorsed by luminaries such as ex-Cambridge VC Lord Broers and former head of the RAENG, Dame Ann Dowling.
— Our report, urging rapid re-shoring of UK-funded manufacturing from China, first published by Civitas in 2017, has become a key priority
- given the current rush to return manufacturing to the UK by hundreds of SMEs from China
- amid the near-total loss of trust from 2020 onwards.
18 May 2020: Gibson Index launched a new, ground-breaking report: ‘Brexit Boom’, which describes for the first time the extraordinary rise in trading, exports and overall sales by Britain’s best SMEs – nearly all of it outside the EU. VIEW HERE
April 2nd 2020: Gibson Index delivers to BEIS a comprehensive, nationwide list of 238 SMEs able to help with testing, vaccination, reagents and PPE supplies, enabling immediate links between NHS hospitals and local manufacturers. We also published a piece on ‘Business Cloud’: ‘Meet the SMEs leading the charge against the coronavirus crisis’. VIEW HERE
31st January 2020: The Daily Telegraph published our feature on the ‘Brexit Boom’, and the Daily Mail’s Business Section followed up on 4th February 2020:The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail.
23rd October 2019: From the 524 new firms researched in the third quarter of 2019 – Gibson Index’s ‘Top Five’ SMEs are: edtech firm Teacherly, which helps teachers plan their classes; StreetTeam Software Ltd, which has raised no less than $100m for its friends’ experiences and rewards website; Audacious Mobile Ltd, whose technology automatically adjusts mobile phones to help the hard-of-hearing; Cambridge Cancer Genomics, which is building a personalised oncology platform for patients, and finally, visualisation firm Kiln Enterprises, trading as Flourish, whose data maps have featured widely the media lately.
24th September 2019: In late September Gibson Index will publish a new book: ‘The UK’s Top 12 Most High Potential Companies’, via the Oxford-based Bite-Sized Books Ltd, run by Dr Paul Davies.
In what is likely to be the first in a continuous series – the book profiles twelve of Britain’s best, but surprisingly little-known smaller companies that have not been widely publicised – but deserve top marks for future potential.
We will provide a direct link to the book upon publication, and meanwhile here is the link to the company’s wide range of books – on public issues, foreign policy and children’s books. www.bite-sizdbooks.com
25 July 2019: Gibson Index’s SME ‘radar’ research added 240 new companies in the month of July, including the following. The screentouch tech firm Cambridge Touch Technologies Ltd closed a $10m Series B funding round; Nasdaq in the US signed a deal with UK firm Football Index, the Swansea-based technology start-up QuoteOnSite secured £350,000 in a seed funding round and, lastly, Newcastle University spinout AMLo Biosciences Ltd is forging ahead with its melanoma biomarker research.
July 2nd, 2019: ‘Thousands of UK SMEs are focusing on non-EU markets in historic switch likely to change the UK economy forever..’, states a new report by Gibson Index Ltd, the UK’s foremost research house on Britain’s 70,000 high potential smaller companies.The report, ‘From EU to World View – SMEs turn Global’, confirms the strategic switch from low-growth EU markets to the great high growth regions of the world – North America, Middle East and South Asia – where UK exports are ‘exploding’ both in size and number. Marcus Gibson, editor and author, comments “As we forecast back in 2016 after the Brexit vote – the majority of innovative, often little-known UK firms are now minimising efforts to get new sales in the EU and turning all efforts to much more welcoming markets, and enjoying huge success with 30%+ greater exports – with much more to come. This forms a massive strategic switch for the UK economy.. it is also historic, but it is only the start.. Old media such as the BBC and the FT never saw this coming..” Companies leading the charge include auto industry greats Triumph, Norton Motorcycles and JCB, cheese maker Alvis Bros, Welsh chutney firm Radnor Preserves Ltd, pizza oven maker Gozney Ltd, and cosmetics firm Hawkins & Brimble Ltd.
- To purchase ‘From EU to World View – SMEs turn Global’ – call 020 7629 4064
June 1st, 2019: Gibson Index completes the first major study of all SMEs in 14 key sectors for the Society of Chemical Industry in London. The ground-breaking review maps sectors such as chemicals, materials, environmental and nanotech, and lists all of the known, commercial active companies from PLCs to startups. Profiling more than 13,000 company entities in unprecedented detail, it will form the basis of the Society’s future recommendations for the strategic development of the chemicals industry in all its many aspects.
April 30th, 2019: Gibson Index reaches total of 73,000 UK SMEs researched, profiled and rated in terms of future potential. Latest inclusions include Cheshire-based car comms firm Wejo Ltd, probably the single most high potential firm in the UK. Fintech-related firms, including startups, in the dataset now exceed 5,300 but, in addition, manufacturing in the UK is enjoying its role in the UK’s export ‘boom’ since Brexit vote in 2016.
Little-known firms we recommend include Batcam Ltd, makers of a long flight time, hydrogen-powered drone; Two Farmers Crisps, the first to launch a compostable packet when Walkers Crisps said it wasn’t possible; Banbury-based deep sea surveyors 4DOcean in Scotland; and the venerable 100+ year-old firm British Wax Refining Ltd run by the fourth generation of the founding family.
All 201 of the company winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2019 have been inserted or updated. Among them are our favourites: multiple previous winner Ikon Science Ltd, Air IT Ltd, Ezidock Systems Ltd and Bodywise (UK) Ltd, makers of the first ‘fine to flush’ wet wipes, promising a big leap in environmental progress – a company we first spotted as high potential in 2010 – giving it a ‘10’, ie top rating.
We are currently focused on discovering new innovations in a series of industries such as rail engineering, chemicals, cosmetics, nanotech, food processing, energy storage and instrumentation. If you are one of our 500+ expert helpers – academics, journalists, researchers, business centre owners and a growing band of amateur spotters, and know of any SMEs, both established and emerging, active in these areas – get in touch..
73,000 SMEs, 126,000 named contacts - “The UK’s innovation landscape in one pot”.
Gibson Index staff will be attending these events, and more, in May 2019:
- May 1st, ChemUK, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
- May 1st, 13th BioTrinity event, 155 Bishopsgate, London.
- May 2nd, KTP Awards, Royal Society of Chemistry, London.
- May 8th, Tech Show North, Manchester.
- May 15th, Med-Tech Innovation, Birmingham, West Midlands.
- May 21st, Cranfield Manufacturing Debate, Cranfield, Bedfordshire.
- May 22nd, GEO Business, Business Centre, London.
- June 4-6th, Advanced Manufacturing Exhibition, Birmingham, West Midlands.
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.