Host Europe is Sixth Fastest-Growing Technology Company in 2003 Deloitte European Technology Fast 500 competition.

December 18, 2003
Following on from its success in the Technology Fast 50 awards, Host Europe today announced that it ranked Number Six in the 2003 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology companies in Europe.

Rankings are based on five-year percentage revenue growth from 1998-2002. Host Europe grew 9354% during this period.

Abby Hardoon, Host Europe’s CEO, credits innovation, sound business policies and a strong customer focus for the company’s incredible revenue growth over the past five years. He said:

“Host Europe has always prided itself on its strong financial situation, resulting from wise investments in our technology infrastructure and a positive commitment to our customers. We are delighted to be recognised as both the top European web host and the top UK technology company for sustained growth in this survey, and hope to continue our success into 2004 and beyond.”

“The technology companies that have made the rankings will be creating a community of companies that promote a platform of best practices around the globe, as well as creating the best global forum for business leaders to share information,” says Karel Bakkes, partner in charge of Deloitte’s 2003 European Technology Fast 500 programme.


Notes to Editors:

Host Europe PLC is quoted on the London Stock Exchange AIM market, and trades primarily under the following brands:

* 'Dedicated Servers' (www.dedicated servers.co.uk) - enterprise hosting and dedicated servers on multiple platforms, managed services and server co-location;

* 'WebFusion' (www.webfusion.co.uk) - Internet hosting services to the UK's SME market;

* '123-reg' (www.123-reg.co.uk) - low cost domain name and e-mail services; and

* 'Host Europe' (www.hosteurope.de) - Internet hosting services to the SME sector in Germany.

Host Europe is one of Europe's leading dedicated Internet hosting companies. It provides a comprehensive range of services including enterprise hosting, dedicated servers, shared server hosting, managed services, server co-location, global domain name registration and a bespoke range of e-services, to SME businesses.

Its hosting solutions are all serviced from Host Europe's own facilities, with multiple connections to the Internet and 24/7 technical support ensuring industry leading levels of reliability and quality of service.

Corporate information on the company can be seen at www.hosteurope.com.

Contact: catherine.widdowson@hosteurope.com

About the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 50 Programme


The Fast 500 list is compiled from three sources:
* winners of Deloitte’s European Fast 50 programmes,
* nominations submitted directly to the Fast 500, and
* public company database research.

To qualify for the Fast 500 ranking, firms must have been involved in proprietary technology that contributed significantly to their operating revenues, manufactured a tech product or have been deeply involved in tech research and development. Also, the firm must have been in business at least five years, had 1998 revenue of at least 50,000 Euros, and been headquartered in Europe or have shares listed on a European stock exchange.

About Deloitte’s TMT Industry Practice

The Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Group has deep industry knowledge of technology, media and telecommunications companies and the challenges these industries face in areas such as Internet, software, computers, telecommunications and networking, semiconductor and related industries, along with broadcasting and publishing. Deloitte’s TMT practice provides a global network of dedicated professionals who can deliver innovative solutions to clients wherever they are in the world.
www.fast500europe.com.



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