Sunday Times Fast Track 100

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The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 is a list published annually in December in partnership with The Sunday Times newspaper in the UK. It ranks Britain's fastest growing privately held companies by sales growth over the last 3 years. The list is produced by Fast Track, an Oxford based research company, and sponsored by the Virgin Group.

The seventeenth Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 was published on 8 December 2013.

Limitations[edit]

The Fast Track 100 is generally promoted as the definitive guide to the fastest growing privately held companies in the UK. Richard Branson is quoted as saying "Fast Track has become the definitive barometer of growth companies" However a number of limitations exists which mean that the list may not contain information on many fast growing companies. Most important of these is the reliance on historical data. Because Fast Track only deals in publicly available information generally from published accounts, the league table refers to data that is sometimes as much as 10 months out of date.

On the other hand, this method ensures objectivity and has led to the early identification of a number of household names, including Carphone Warehouse, British Home Stores and Travelex.

Entry criteria[edit]

For entry to the 2013 Fast Track 100 companies were required to be:

  • Unquoted
  • Registered in the UK
  • Non-subsidiary, independent
  • 10 or more employees
  • Annualised sales of at least £250,000 in 2009/10
  • Annualised sales of at least £5m in 2012/13
  • An increase in sales from penultimate to latest year, and a forecast of further sales growth
  • Not a technology company

Other Fast Track lists[edit]

Fast Track 100 is one of 7 business lists of private companies produced by Fast Track and published in the Sunday Times:

  • Fast Track 100 - Fastest growth in sales
  • Tech Track 100 - Fastest growth in sales for 'tech' companies
  • International Track 200 - Fastest growth in overseas sales
  • Profit Track 100 - Fastest growth in profits
  • Buyout Track 100 - Fastest growth in private equity-backed companies
  • Top Track 100- Biggest private companies based on sales
  • Top Track 250 - Leading mid-market private companies

2013 Fast Track 100 list[edit]

2013 Abbreviated Rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity Sales growth (% per annum)
1 Anesco Energy efficiency consultancy 267.16
2 Mobile Account Solutions Phone and tablet provider 254.06
3 AlphaSights Business information provider 229.25
4 Bishopsgate Financial Management consultancy 228.72
5 Protection Vessels International Maritime security provider 222.94
6 The Genuine Gemstone Company Home shopping jewellery retailer 189.26
10 G2 Energy Electrical and civil engineer 163.29
20 Stormfront Apple products reseller 116.30
30 Actegy Health Home healthcare devices 91.84
40 Loaf Furniture retailer 80.92
50 Language Connect Translation services provider 72.15
51 Oak Furniture Land Hardwood furniture retailer 71.46
60 Centek Oilfield equipment manufacturer 67.09
70 Statesman Travel Business travel agent 62.72
80 Marlin Financial Group Debt purchaser 54.77
90 Igloo Recruitment consultancy 52.08
95 Cubiquity Design and print agency 51.24
96 SERS Energy Solutions Energy services provider 51.18
97 Pearmain Pubs Pub and restaurant operator 50.53
98 Top Cashback Cashback website operator 50.35
99 ID Medical Recruitment consulatncy 49.83
100 Baltic Training Training services provider 49.64

2012 Fast Track 100 list[edit]

2012 Abbreviated Rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity Sales growth (% per annum)
1 Genuine Gemstone Company Home shopping Jewellery retailer 245.36
2 Spabreaks.com Spa booking service provider 198.31
3 Mobile Account Solutions Mobile phone provider 198.01
4 AES International Financial services provider 187.46
5 Solfex Renewable energy products supplier 178.80
6 Drake & Morgan Bar and restaurant operator 171.50
7 Jamie's Italian Restaurant operator 168.10
8 Gaia Wind Wind turbine manufacturer 167.85
9 Stormfront Apple products reseller 166.57
10 Lenstore.co.uk Online contact lens retailer 159.15
15 Alternergy Solar energy products distributor 136.91
20 First Utility Energy supplier 112.01
25 Consol Partners IT recruitment consultancy 101.15
30 Hallam Medical Medical recruitment consultancy 94.33
33 Better Bathrooms Bathroom products and tiles retailer 92.46
35 TopCashback Cashback website operator 89.81
40 Fideliti Childcare voucher administrator 79.21
45 Be Wiser Insurance Insurance broker 76.96
50 Oliver James Associates Recruitment consultancy 73.46
55 Assured Recruitment Recruitment consultancy 68.73
60 Automotive Trim Developments Leather seating and trim manufacturer 67.27
65 Specialty Powders Food manufacturer 65.64
70 Blue Group Industrial machinery distributor 63.72
75 MPM Products Pet food producer 61.39
80 The Eventa Group Events organiser 58.73
85 Austin Fraser Recruitment consultancy 55.19
90 Wiggle Online sports goods retailer 52.94
95 Sofa.com Online sofa retailer 51.42
100 Chain Reaction Cycles Online bike retailer 49.72

2011 Fast Track 100 list[edit]

2011 Abbreviated Rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity Sales growth (% per annum)
1 Clinigen Group Pharmaceutical services provider 242.05
2 Secured Mail Bulk mail service provider 232.76
3 Diet Chef Diet meal retailer 228.69
4 Mobile Account Solutions Mobile phone provider 194.45
5 TopCashBack Cashback website operator 189.27
6 Medstrom NHS product supplier 166.72
7 Côte Restaurants Restaurant operator 166.35
8 Veetee Foods Pre-packaged food manufacturer 163.83
9 Notonthehighstreet.com Online retail marketplace 154.65
10 Lois Jewellery Jewellery wholesaler & bullion dealer 150.13
20 Baird & Co Bullion merchant 115.27
30 Surfdome.com Online lifestyle retailer 92.11
40 MPM products Natural pet food producer 78.15
50 Low Cost Travel Group Travel operator 69.79
60 Euro Communications Distribution Telecoms reseller 63.58
70 Buymobilephones.net Online phone retailer 57.69
80 GO Outdoors Outdoor equipment retailer 53.86
90 Goodman Associates Media and advertising agency 51.78
94 Oak Furniture Land Hardwood furniture retailer 51.08
100 Calcot Health & Leisure Hotel and spa operator 49.64

2010 Fast Track 100 list[edit]

2010 Top Thirty-Five Rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity Sales growth (% per annum)
1 Buymobilephones.net Mobile phone retailer 340.15
2 Subocean Group Subsea construction provider 237.14
3 VADition Hardware/software distributor 195.77
4 High Tech Health Health product marketer 193.81
5 Planet Cruise Cruise and tour holidays operator 181.97
6 Your Golf Travel Golf travel agency 158.06
7 Pathology Group Healthcare recruitment consultancy 151.89
8 Staysure.co.uk Over 50s insurance provider 151.17
9 State Oil Fuel wholesaler 144.08
10 powerPerfector Energy-saving device distributor 140.01
11 ADEY Heating Solutions Heating filter manufacturer 138.66
12 Badger Office Supplies Office products supplier 133.34
13 Global Personals Online dating agency 133.18
14 Ella's Kitchen Baby food producer 129.22
15 Team24 Medical recruitment consultancy 125.54
16 SDK Jewellers Online watch retailer 122.93
17 Moonpig.com Online greeting card retailer 115.51
18 Directline holidays Online travel operator 113.50
19 Green Park Interim and Executive Recruitment consultancy 112.62
20 Liz Hobbs Group Events producer 108.13
21 BullionVault.com Gold dealer 105.87
22 SFC (Wholesale) Fried chicken wholesaler 104.86
23 TorFX Foreign exchange provider 103.01
24 UK Flooring Direct Online flooring retailer 101.06
25 Miroma Media barter company 95.55
26 Ramsdens Pawnbroker and jeweller 94.42
27 International Applications Industrial and consumer goods distributor 91.15
28 LNT Group Care home developer 90.93
29 Fjord Digital design consultancy 89.50
30 ONEPOST Postal management adviser 89.22
31 Ship Shape Resources Construction services provider 89.21
32 MPM products Natural pet food producer 87.47
33 Lifetime Training provider 84.67
34 Oak Furniture Land Hardwood furniture retailer 84.61
35 Natural Products Giftware designer 83.51

2009 Fast Track 100 list[edit]

2009 Top Ten Rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity HQ Location
1[1] Cyclescheme Cycle to Work scheme administrator Bath, UK
2 Gio-Goi Fashion wholesaler
3 Empiric Solutions Recruitment consultancy
4 Oxygen Insurance broker
5 Eazyfone Mobile phone recycler
6 Mattressman Mattress retailer
7 I-Paye Payroll services provider
8 Paladin Group Property services provider
9 Ella's Kitchen Baby food producer
10 Catering Academy Contract catering provider
Other awards
Award Company Name Business Activity HQ Location
Ones to Recognise[1] Brompton Bicycle Folding bicycles London, UK

2008 Fast Track 100 list[edit]

2008 Abbreviated Rankings
Ranking Company Name Business Activity HQ Location
1 Hotel Chocolat Retail
2 TorFX Foreign Currency Exchange
3 Silver Cross Pram Maker
4 JJFox Recruitment Consultancy
5 The Book Depository Online book retailer
6 Burgopak Packaging Design
7 Paladin Group Property Services
8 Manpower Direct Security Services
9 Medicare First Recruitment Consultancy
10 Probuild Birmingham Construction - Shopfitter
11 TDX Group Debt Management Nottingham
12 Allen Lane Recruitment Consultant
13 Interim Partners Recruitment Consultancy
14 CSG Business Finance
15 Practicus Interim Management Recruitment Henley-on-Thames
16 On Holiday Group Holiday Broker
17 Towry Law Financial Services
18 Mayday Healthcare Healthcare services
19 Hobson Prior Recruitment Consultancy
20 First Point Group Recruitment Consultancy
36 innocent Fruit Drinks maker
65 Net-a-Porter Online Retailer

2007 Fast Track 100 list[edit]

2007 Abbreviated Rankings
Ranking Company Name
1 Travel Republic
2 Ocean Team
3 Police Recruit
4 AJ Power Limited
5 Oliver Marketing
6 Simply Business
7 Flat TV Company
8 4L's Packing
9 Head Resourcing
10 Investigo
12 Silver Cross
18 Paladin Group
36 Widget UK
37 Dolphin Music
40 innocent Drinks
41 Astbury Marsden
42 Feel Good Drinks Co
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51 WFCA Plc
59 Towergate Partnership
63 Barchester Healthcare
65 Maria Mallaband Care Group
69 Card Factory
71 Visioncall
83 Pharmalink Consulting
84 Tyrrells
92 Riverford
99 Liv-ex

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Harker, Jonathon (2010-05-27). "Sir Richard Branson hands over Cyclescheme award". Retrieved 2010-07-18. Brompton also picks up 'Ones to Recognise' prize at Fast Track 100 event 

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