The Lightning 50 Returns! The Fastest Growing Online Retailers in the UK and USA

Lightning 50 2022

As global e-commerce jumps to $26.7 trillion, Brightpearl is re-launching its search for the ‘Lightning 50,’ a league table of the UK and USA’s fastest growing e-commerce businesses from the last twelve months.

We’ll be taking a look at the revenue data behind the UK and US online shopping space to produce two definitive lists of the 50 fastest growing e-commerce brands over the past 12 months across Britain and the States. 

Entries are now open for the Lightning 50. Businesses can enter for the chance to be included in the final list here: Lightning 50 – Brightpearl. Entries close on Friday 12th August 2022.

Will your business make the cut? 

We’re on the lookout for the fastest-growing e-commerce retailers across Britain AND the United States to rank in our next Lightning 50, with the final line-up to be announced in September of this year. 

Our definitive league table of the fastest growing online retailers is free for businesses to enter, and open to e-commerce businesses with annual turnovers from £$1M-250M.

Last year’s Lightning 50 included  a list of phenomenal online retailers – including Biscuiteers, Holland & Cooper, Candy Kittens and the overall winner – Au Vodka – who smashed through the pandemic’s challenges to become the fastest-growing e-commerce brands in the country.

“The Lightning 50 only takes into account one metric when scoring businesses – growth,” said our own Sara Arthrell, Brightpearl’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We encourage any high growth brand to enter so they can get the recognition they deserve.”

Speaking on winning the Lightning 50 last year, Jordan Major, Head of E-Commerce at Au Vodka, said: “Winning the Lightning 50 has given us the chance to step back for a brief moment and see that we’ve achieved something that’s pretty awesome.”

“Finding out we had made it onto Brightpearl’s Lightning 50 was a huge moment for us — we were so excited and proud,” adds Hubert Kosc, Managing Director of Arthauss, a fast-growing furniture brand who ranked 42 on last year’s Lightning 50. “My mum, who co-founded the business, was almost in tears when I told her — tears of joy, that is. Featuring in the Lightning 50 has been the ultimate reward after years of hard work.”

“From our point of view it’s amazing to be recognized by the Lightning 50. We’ve added it to our email signatures – that’s how important it is to us,” said Mark Tweed, Brand Director at Cyberjammies, a widely popular nightwear brand that crashed into Brightpearl’s Lightning 50 last year. The team ranked 10th and won the fastest-growing Footwear & Apparel brand in the UK – with a net growth rate of over 370%. 

Now we’ve heard from last year’s winners, the question is  – could you make the cut this year?  

Apply today and you could be showcased among the most exceptional retailers in e-commerce. Put your business in the spotlight and be recognized for your brand’s success over the past year!

Entries are now open for the 2022 edition of the Lightning 50 and you can apply here