Data Distilleries named as one of Europe's fastest-growing firms
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Growth Plus has included Data Distilleries among the top 500 fastest-growing European companies for 2000. One of five Dutch companies named, it has increased its employee numbers by 883% between 1995 and 2000.

Growth Plus every year publishes Europe's 500, a list of the 500 fastest-growing top-flight companies. These have tripled employment levels within their organisations, creating more than 252,000 jobs over the last five years.

The founder of Data Distilleries, Marcel Holsheimer, said: “In December 2000 we were rated among the top 21 best investments worldwide in the Wall Street Journal's Envy Poll and in March, we signed a strategic global alliance with Siebel.

“It's interesting that amidst the current negativity surrounding tech companies – and in particular, the CRM market – Data Distilleries has risen to such heights. I'm also very pleased that as a result of Data Distilleries doing so well, we've been able to create many new jobs.”

Growth Plus applies a number of selection criteria (see appendix) in order to determine whether a company is to be included in Europe's 500. It also uses the David Birch Employee Growth Index as part of the selection process. This index combines both relative and absolute growth in the number of jobs within companies.

A list of 6,000 nominees was first drawn up from a database of fast-growing, successful companies in 18 countries (15 EU member states plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland). Information from country experts and other relevant data was then used to produce a shortlist of 700 finalists, after which the 500 winning companies were selected. Inclusion in the Top 500 entitles Data Distilleries to membership of Growth Plus and enables the company to contribute to the development of entrepreneurship in Europe.

About Data Distilleries
Data Distilleries provides open analytical CRM solutions to help B2C companies to manage customer relationships. The company has signed partnership agreements with Siebel Systems, BroadVision and Accenture. Customers include Postbank (ING Group), Spaarbeleg (Aegon), Libertel-Vodafone, ABN AMRO and CenterParcs.

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