London, 27 April 2012

Amsterdam, Netherlands - Red Herring announced its Top 100 award in recognition of the leading private companies from Europe, celebrating these startups’ innovations and technologies across their respective industries.

Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, and eBay would change the way we live and work. 

“Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across Europe to the Top 100 Winners. We believe ATG Media embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. ATG Media should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was the strongest it has ever been.”

Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, management quality, strategy, and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track record and standing of startups relative to their peers, allowing Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models in Europe.

ATG Media is the European leader in online portals and live bidding for auctioneers. ATG Media has hosted over 15,000 auction catalogues and in excess of 6,000 live auctions online of which 2,550 took place in 2011. ATG Media’s portals include:

  • the-saleroom.com - now Europe’s key portal for art and antiques auctions. In 2011 the site hosted 4,000 catalogues and 1,800 live auctions and sold £34m online.
  • i-bidder.com – the UK’s leading portal for industrial and commercial auctions. In 2011, the site hosted 750 live auctions and sold £17m online.

ATG Media's technology also powers partner sites bidspotter.co.uk (the US's leading industrial auction site), Figaro Enchères (hosted on France's premier news website) and lot-tissimo.com (Germany's leading fine art and antique auction portal). In addition ATG Media is the exclusive international partner for epailive.com - China's leading art and antiques portal.

ATG Media has 40 years' experience in bringing auctioneers and buyers together via the Antiques Trade Gazette - the bible of the art and antiques trade. The weekly Antiques Trade Gazette continues to thrive having experienced significant increases in advertising volumes and paid circulation in 2011.

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