Meet the 500 leading companies in Business Growth

What is CEPYME500?

CEPYME500 is an initiative led by CEPYME to identify, select and promote a group of 500 companies that are leading business growth, both due to their results in recent years and due to their ability to generate added value, employment, innovation and international projection.

The selected companies are part of an exclusive group of 500 medium-sized firms that are leading business growth. For this selection, we assessed a set of indicators that measure the growth, solvency, innovation potential and international projection potential of these companies.

The core function of this initiative is to grant national and international recognition and projection to the selected companies, thereby boosting their growth potential and their visibility.

  • the promotion and recognition of the company and its directors.
  • the opportunity to interact with company managers who have the motivation to innovate.
  • the recruitment and retention of employees.
  • vital information on international markets.
  • customised and exclusive solutions in terms of financing, digitisation and international expansion, as well as other products and services.

CEPYME500 company selection methodology

To select the 500 most relevant SMEs in the Spanish economy, financial variables and indicators of innovation and international expansion have been combined.

This exhaustive analysis has been possible thanks to the collaboration of the leader in business and business information, Informa D&B, which manages a database with highly qualified commercial and financial information, from which we can highlight the following characteristics:

  • 3.7 million active companies and self-employed workers with rating.
  • More than 18.7 million company balance sheets.
  • More than 17.4 million administrators and functional positions.
  • More than 4 million corporate ties.
  • Analysis of the main financial ratios.
  • Exclusive payment indicator: Paydex.
  • Solvency and liquidity scores.
  • Sector information.

In addition, it is the only Spanish company that offers online access to the Dun & Bradstreet Worldwide Network, the largest international network of commercial, financial and marketing information, with more than 500 million companies around the world.

Selection criteria

To reach the small group of 500 companies, the following selection criteria have been used:

  • Only public limited companies.
  • More than 4 years old.
  • Active companies from all sectors.
  • Companies with financial or holding company activities were excluded.
  • Companies with Spanish shareholders, also excluding subsidiaries of the Administration.
  • The sales figure for the 2021 financial year must be between 10 and 200 million euros. The total assets cannot exceed 200 million euros, while subsidiaries of parent companies whose consolidated accounts have total assets equal to or greater than 200 million euros are excluded.
Growing companies

To consider that a company is growing, among the selected companies, we have used the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) as a reference.

The selected companies must have registered a CAGR growth, in the last 3 years, of 15% or higher and this is the result of solid recurring behavior in relation to the economic context in which it occurs .

Companies with a decrease of more than 20% in assets during the last three years are excluded, although when carrying out the selection, priority is given to companies that have increased their assets.

The selection also gives priority to companies that have achieved profitable growth.

Companies that comfortably exceed 500 workers have been excluded, while in the case of microenterprises it has been taken into account that they generate or maintain employment.

Once the companies were selected for their growth, the results were weighted based on the following elements: solvency information through the scores prepared by Informa D&B, innovation indicators and international projection.

Exclusive services for CEPYME500 companies

The CEPYME500 companies have a series of exclusive tools and high added value services that they can enjoy through their private platform.


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