About us

Fast Track is a leading research and events company that has created a network of the UK’s top private companies through our rankings in The Sunday Times.

We publish seven annual league tables and bring the founders and directors together at our invitation-only networking awards events and alumni dinners, supported by our sponsors.

Our history

Fast Track was founded in 1997 by CEO Hamish Stevenson. He secured sponsorship from Sir Richard Branson for his research fellowship in entrepreneurship at Oxford University, where he completed his doctorate and remains an associate fellow. With the help of lots of people, entrepreneurs and companies, Fast Track has developed into the thriving network it is today.

Our first Fast Track 100 league table of the fastest-growing sales featured ARM Holdings with sales of just £17m, which recently sold to SoftBank for £24.4bn. Our other private company league tables rank the UK’s fastest-growing tech firms, companies with the fastest-growing profits and international sales; and we also rank the leading mid-market companies and those with the biggest sales.

Our league tables

Over 20 years, more than 4,500 companies have featured on our league tables. They represent half of the UK’s c2,000 private companies with operating profits of over £3m, and almost all private companies with profits over £20m or sales over £250m.

TOTAL SALES

£600bn

TOTAL PROFITS

£35bn

TOTAL STAFF

3.5m

Growth companies

NON PRIVATE EQUITY-BACKED companies that featured on our league tables

Private equity-backed companies that featured on our league tables

Past stars

FLOATED ON A STOCK EXCHANGE AFTER FEATURING ON OUR LEAGUE TABLES

ACQUIRED AFTER FEATURING ON OUR LEAGUE TABLES

Our awards and alumni dinners

Over 10,000 entrepreneurs and directors have attended our invitation-only networking alumni dinners and awards events, including our annual flagship Fast Track 100 event co-hosted by Sir Richard Branson. Many continue to attend our alumni dinners and speak at our events.

Speakers range from David Cameron and Gordon Brown to Nasa Astronaut Mark Kelly, Niklas Zennström of Skype, Sir Martin Sorrell and Lord Sugar. Most speakers are from our league tables, including Sir James Dyson, Sir Charles Dunstone, Dame Mary Perkins of Specsavers, Rich Reed of innocent, Charles Rolls of Fever-Tree and Gareth Williams of Skyscanner.

Our credentials

Fast Track has established its reputation as the UK’s leading face-to-face networking events company due to the:

  • calibre of the entrepreneurs and directors that attend our invitation-only networking awards and alumni dinners
  • rigour of the company research behind our league tables published in The Sunday Times
  • quality of our guest speakers
  • value we deliver to our long-standing blue-chip sponsors