LinkedIn releases list of sought-after startups in the UK: here’s the top 10

- Leadership - Oct 01, 2018

LinkedIn has released its list of the top 25 startups in the UK for 2018. The list uses the employment-focused site’s data and addresses four key categories – employee growth, jobseeker interest, professional employee-company engagement, and talent from the LinkedIn Top Companies list.

“In other words, which startups are commanding the attention and working hours of top talent?” the company wrote.

The firm requires startups to be established no more than seven years ago, to employ 50 people or more, to be based in the UK, and to be privately held.

10. Talentful

Chris Abbass and Philip Blaydes launched the recruitment startup in 2015. Following its launch, the firm has seen revenue increase by 110% year-on-year and features clients such as Bloomberg, Audible, and Shazam. Like all but one of the top 10 listed startups, Talentful is headquartered in the UK’s capital city, London. The firm, which also has an office in Manchester, employs 70 people.

9. Blockchain

The bitcoin wallet firm with a global headcount of 110 people, Blockchain pays its employees’ bonuses in cryptocurrency. The company has 26 million wallets, and has received investment from the likes of Google and Richard Branson.

8. Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

The celebrity makeup artist, Charlotte Tilbury, launched her brand in 2013. The company’s products can now be found across the world, including the flagship store in London’s Covent Garden. The 930-employees startup received its top tier Silicon Valley funding in 2017 from Sequoia Capital.

7. Improbable

 The SpatialOS platform was established by Rob Whitehead, Herman Narula, and Peter Lipka in 2012. Game developers use the platform to develop virtual worlds. The startup employs 315 and received $502mn in Series B funding last year.


According to LinkedIn Premium Insights, the sport-streaming company has a headcount of 505 people. DAZN shows a range of sport for a monthly subscription. The firm has made a £736mn deal with the boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn.

5. Skinnydip London

The accessories retailer was introduced in 2011 by brothers James and Richard Gold and their school friend Lewis Blitz. Since, the startup has expanded to employ 253 people. Celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Mylie Cyrus have been spotted with the brand’s products.

4. ClearBank

The startup that offers banks banking services was the first clearing bank to launch. Prior to creating ClearBank, Nick Ogden established fintech businesses that have been sold to firms such as the Royal Bank of Scotland. ClearBank employs 180 people, according to LinkedIn Premium Insights, with its hiring having expanded by 277% in the last two years.

3. Revolut

The fintech company, which signs 9,000 customers to its platform per day, has a headcount of 450 people. The startup’s hiring has grown by 550% since 2016.

2. Gymshark

Gymshark is a sportwear firm headquartered in Solihull. LinkedIn Premium Insights has estimated the startup to employ 180 members of staff, with the staff offered a gym, napping pods, VR equipment, and a barber. The company is anticipated a turnover of more than £100mn for the year.

1. Monzo Bank

The UK bank has featured in in LinkedIn’s Top Startups list for the second consecutive year. The firm has over one million customers which have invested £4bn into the Monzo app, and has seen its hiring grow by 447% in two years. The company has a global headcount of 344 people.

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