Coast Digital has been ranked 15th in the prestigious Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 for 2007, and is the fastest-growing private technology business in the East of England, with sales soaring an average of 199% a year from £470,000 in 2005 to £4.2 million in 2007. The company was also the highest placed digital marketing agency on the list.

James Frost, managing director of Coast Digital said: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive this recognition. We are passionate about achieving results for our clients, and I believe our growth reflects this commitment. We’ve also benefited enormously from the significant uplift in online advertising over the past few years and the growth in take-up of broadband.”

James Frost is a true entrepreneur. Having set the business up just five years ago, he has overseen it grow, guiding his rapidly expanding team to success in what has become a highly competitive arena. Evolving from a web design company to a full service interactive agency Coast Digital now works with a broad range of clients, including big name brands like Office Shoes and Slendertone.

2007 has been a landmark year for the company, with highlights including winning a brace of new clients including Swatch and La Senza; a re-brand and the launch of the all-new Coast Digital website to complement the growth and maturity of the business.

In the same week as the Sunday Times announcement Coast Digital also leapt to 48th place in the list of the UK’s Top 100 interactive agencies compiled by New Media Age (NMA). The company climbed an incredible 42 places from 90th last year. NMA is the UK's only weekly magazine covering the business of interactive media.

The Microsoft Tech Track 100 was published in a special supplement to The Sunday Times on 30 September. This is the seventh year of The Sunday Times Tech Track 100, which ranks Britain’s fastest-growing private technology companies. The annual league table ranks private technology companies by growth in sales over a two year period.

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Notes to Editors

About Coast Digital
Coast Digital is an independent full-service digital agency. Committed to delivering tangible results and marketing you can measure, Coast Digital specialise in consultancy, web design and build, and digital marketing, offering clients an end-to-end solution. The company, founded in 2002, has been recognised by New Media Age as one of the UK’s Top 100 Interactive Agencies. Coast Digital has proven expertise in the retail, financial, health and travel sectors. Current clients include Slendertone, WeightWatchers and Swatch. Find out more at www.coastdigital.co.uk.

Media Enquiries:

Coast Digital
Debbi Francis, Marketing Manager – 01206 737878
deborah.francis@coastdigital.co.uk

About the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100
Now in its seventh year, The Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 annual league table is compiled by Oxford-based research and events company Fast Track.

League table criteria
Sales growth is measured by compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over two financial years to the latest available audited accounts or independently verified financial statements; either 2004 to 2006, or 2005 to 2007. A minimum of 25 weeks’ trading in the base and latest years was required. For financial years lasting less or more than 52 trading weeks, figures were annualised on a simple pro-rata basis.

Annualised sales had to exceed £100,000 in the base year (2004 or 2005) and £3m in the latest year (2006 or 2007). Companies had to show an increase in sales in their latest year, plus forecast sales growth. They were not required to be in profit.

Companies had to be unquoted, independent and registered in Britain. For more information visit www.fasttrack.co.uk

Published on: 12:00AM on 1st October 2007