The Sunday Times client sales team has won sponsorship for its new
league table of the top 100 internet businesses in Europe.
eLeague is the first web league created by a national newspaper and is
sponsored by KPMG, Cazenove & Co, Oracle and Hewlett Packard.
Some of the top positions are occupied by Sportal, Boxman, the music and
games site, Mondus.com, the office services e-commerce site, and
A requirement was that the businesses had to be pre-IPO.
The judging panel included representatives from the four sponsors plus
Sunday Times business editor John Jay, with the assistance of internet
consultancy the Bathwick Group.
The league table was published in a special 32-page supplement in The
Sunday Times on 2 July and on the paper’s website.
Each of the four sponsors received a full-page ad plus a 1,000 word
editorial written by Sunday Times journalists covering the companies’
internet business services.
The companies were judged on management, marketing strategy, customer
relations, partnerships and functionality, as well as the number of
online visitors they receive.
In addition, head of client sales Trevor Pryer revealed The Times and
Sunday Times were building what they claim is the most comprehensive
Olympic Games website in the UK. It will contain more than 1,000 pages
and will go live at the end of July.
Print and online sponsorship packages linked to the games are being sold
by the client sales team.