Methodology 2019

To put together these rankings, the editorial team used the following methodology:

Posted Thursday, April 5th 2018
Methodology 2019


Growth in France wears many faces and occurs in a multitude of places. To best reflect this diversity, the list of top 500 French companies was complied using the following selection criteria. The company must:

- Have had revenue of less than one billion euros in 2015 but more than five million in 2017

- Be an independent company

- Have seen turnover growth by over 5% between 2014 and 2017.

We then proceeded to rank the companies by sector of activity (agri-food, distribution, electrical, IT services, greentech, real-estate, industrial, software, leisure, luxury goods, media, ICT, healthcare, services and transport).

In addition, we also took into account a company’s development. To illustrate the variety of companies showing exceptional growth, three earnings bands were created: five to twenty million euros, twenty to one hundred million euros, and one hundred million euros and above.

The database of businesses consulted to create this dossier was compiled from various sources. They include: Décideurs Magazine, Bureau Van Dijk and Leaders League’s own Grand Prix des Entreprises de Croissance awards. Belgian consultancy firm MW5 were involved in the methodology-selection process.



To establish our list, the source of information was the INC Europe rankings, carried out by consultancy firm MW5 using data provided by Bureau van Dijk. Put together using trustworthy data, the list under-evaluates certain countries such as Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, for example.   The selection criteria are as follows. The company must:

- Have had revenue of less than one billion euros in 2013 but more than five million in 2016

- Be an independent company

- Have registered growth of more than 50% between 2014 and 2017

To best reflect the diversity of European companies we first ranked companies by sector of activity and by earnings band.


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