28th September 2005 - Play.com, a leading online entertainment retailer has achieved a place in the prestigious Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100.
Now in its fifth year, the league table, produced by Fast Track - an Oxford-based research, publishing and events company - ranks the top 100 unquoted technology companies with the fastest sales growth from 2002 - 2004. In order to qualify for the league table, companies must have achieved minimum sales of £3m in 2004.
Founded in 1997, Play.com has grown to become a major player in the entertainment industry, delivering incremental revenue growth of 92%, on average, year on year since 2002. A trend that is expected to continue throughout 2005.
Initially focussing on the DVD market, the company today sells Video Games, CDs, Gadgets, Electronics and most recently books.
Play.com co-founder and Chairman Richard Goulding said, "We are delighted to be named as one of the top 100 Private technology companies. With Play we have worked hard to provide a service that our customers want, and enjoy using. We have developed all of our technology in-house allowing us to maintain control over the total customer shopping experience. We have backed the technology up with a highly trained award winning customer support centre. Currently we offer 500,000 different products which we plan to double within the next 12 months. We still have a long way to go and don't expect the rapid growth to slow any time soon."
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Notes to editors:
PLAY.COM is the UK's favourite online DVD, CD and games retailer and was founded in 1997 by Richard Goulding and Simon Perrée. Originally supplying only DVDs, today PLAY.COM also offers CDs, games, books and electronics, and differentiates itself from competitors by focusing on entertainment only and pioneering free delivery on the internet.
PLAY.COM has become the UK's second most visited online retailer with in excess of three million customers in over 30 countries and more than 400 employees.