2008 Fast Track 100 league table - UK

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Rank Company
Activity
3-yr av sales growth
% pa
07/08
sales
(£m)
04/05
sales
(£m)
  Comment
1 Hotel Chocolat Stores
Chocolate retailer
225.53 ‡18.4 *0.5    Opened five new shops in 2008 and now has 30 stores nationwide
2 TorFX
Foreign exchange provider
217.08 265.4 *8.3    Top traded currencies are euros, US dollars and Australian dollars
3 Silver Cross
Pram maker
179.46 *15.2 *0.7    Sold its first custom-built pram in Beijing this year
4 jjFOX
Recruitment consultancy
165.59 ‡9.0 *0.5    Expanded to Truro because the directors like surfing and beach cricket
5 The Book Depository
Online book retailer
160.15 ‡40.2 2.3    Offers free worldwide delivery on every title
6 Burgopak
Packaging designer
147.73 ‡5.3 *0.3    Founder drew inspiration for his packaging design from children’s pop-up books
7 Paladin Group
Property services provider
147.34 15.7 *1.0    Plans to offer energy inspections to ensure compliance with new regulations
8 Manpower Direct
Security services provider
143.99 5.6 0.4    Engineering graduates started the company from a converted warehouse
9 Medicare First
Recruitment consultancy
142.72 ‡10.5 *0.7    Claims to recruit social workers for every local authority in London
10 Probuild Birmingham
Shopfitting contractor
142.08 9.4 0.7    Branching out to start refitting schools and local council properties
11 TDX Group
Debt management provider
138.94 ‡17.3 *1.3    Acquired Madrid-based competitor to kick off international expansion
12 Allen Lane
Public sector recruitment consultancy
138.72 16.1 *1.2    Clients include Transport for London and the Royal Horticultural Society
13 Interim Partners
Recruitment consultancy
136.57 5.7 0.4    Awarded Age Positive Employer Champion by the Department for Work and Pensions
14 CSG
Business finance provider
133.12 ‡28.8 2.3    Founder previously set up, ran, and sold off a similar business
15 Practicus
Management consultancy
132.96 21.7 *1.7    Its three founding directors drew no salary for the first 12 months
16 On Holiday Group
Holiday sales agency
127.47 11.4 1.0    Says its management has more than 60 years of experience in the travel industry
17 Towry Law
Independent wealth adviser
119.21 49.2 4.7    Made five acquisitions in 2007, including Baker Tilly Financial Services
18 Mayday Healthcare
Recruitment consultancy
118.85 11.0 *1.1    Claims its offices haven’t closed in four and a half years
19 Hobson Prior
Recruitment consultancy
116.76 8.2 0.8    Supplies highly skilled specialists for drug discovery and approval projects
20 First Point Group
Telecoms recruitment consultancy
114.76 ‡10.5 *1.1    Headquartered in London but claims not to have a single British client
21 Reflex Vehicle Solutions
Vehicle rental provider
114.75 16.1 *1.6    Its 500 clients include DHL and Network Rail
22 ea Consulting Group
Business management consultancy
114.35 20.6 2.1    Originally founded to manage change arising from the introduction of the euro
23 Applied Language Solutions
Translation services provider
111.43 ‡5.5 0.6    Founder was featured on Dragons’ Den and Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire
24 Mentor IMC Group
Oil industry consultancy
107.91 28.2 3.1    Iceni Capital recently took a 55% stake in the company
25 New Career Skills
Vocational training provider
104.72 5.3 0.6    Counts Halifax Rugby Union player Will Kay as one of its graduate electricians
26 33six Consultancy
Recruitment agency
100.62 ‡8.1 *1.0    Founder previously set up and sold two businesses
27 Octavian Security
Security services provider
100.26 ‡8.3 1.0    Placed former Gurkha soldiers as guards at Ikea store in Nottingham
28 AO.com
Household appliance supplier
99.56 ‡81.0 *10.2    Says it has made about 225,000 deliveries this year
29 Asteral
Medical equipment provider
98.43 11.1 1.4    Claims most of its staff are clinical scientists, medical engineers or radiation specialists
30 Seven Publishing Group
Magazine publisher
96.73 30.8 4.0    Publishes magazines for Sainsbury’s and fashion retailer Asos.com
31 Danbro
Payroll services provider
95.79 34.9 4.7    Husband and wife team used a redundancy payout to set up company
32 Global Resourcing
IT recruitment consultancy
92.57 9.7 1.4    Is expanding into new sectors such as construction in Dubai and the UAE
33 Ping Pong
Restaurant chain
90.89 *10.6 1.5    Founded by the former general manager of Nobu restaurant
34 Kew Green Hotels
Hotel operator
90.73 37.4 5.4    Runs the largest Holiday Inn Express in Europe at Stansted airport
35 Cornwallis Elt
Recruitment consultancy
90.09 *8.2 1.2    All three directors compete in endurance sporting events for charity
36 innocent
Fruit drinks maker
89.14 ‡113.2 16.7    Claims 130,000 people a week sign up for its innocent e-mail
37 Balhousie Care Group
Care home operator
88.76 8.6 1.3    Sponsors a PhD student at Dundee University to carry out research on dementia
38 Fusion People
Technical recruitment consultancy
88.01 34.1 *5.1    Has just opened an office in Perth, Australia
39 Draycott Ward
Insurance industry consultancy
87.12 5.6 *0.9    Sales jumped sharply on account of the 2007 floods
40 LNT Group
Care home developer
86.6 25.7 4.0    Says it is building 15 new care homes, with capacity for more than 1,000 beds
41 Geothermal International
Renewable energy supplier
85.81 ‡12.8 2.0    Claims to have laid more than 300,000 metres of pipe to extract ground heat
42 Ice Energy Heat Pumps
Renewable energy supplier
85.43 ‡7.8 1.2    Recently acquired an underfloor heating company to launch Ice Energy Floor Heating
43 G2 Recruitment Solutions
IT recruitment consultancy
84.98 ‡16.0 2.5    Recently backed a former employee’s recruitment start-up
44 Holiday Taxis
Airport transfer provider
84.31 8.6 1.4    Founder took a job as a holiday rep in Corfu during a gap year and still works in travel
45 Shilton Sharpe Quarry
Legal recruitment consultancy
83.07 6.9 1.1    Started from a Fleet Street Starbucks in 2002
46 Oyster Partnership
Recruitment consultancy
82.9 ‡5.3 0.9    Sponsors carbon offset projects and claims to be fully carbon neutral
47 Miroma
Media barter company
80.09 ‡9.1 1.6    Founder did barter deal with Regus to secure his first office in St James’s Square
48 Compello Staffing Group
Recruitment consultancy
79.82 52.3 9.0    Made its second acquisition in the oil and gas recruitment sector in a £4m deal last year
49 Investigo
Recruitment consultancy
79.6 ‡19.2 3.3    Undertakes finance recruitment for Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Amazon
50 SPI (Materials)
Exhaust component supplier
77.98 9.1 1.6    Claims to supply more than 10m exhaust parts to car makers each month
51 Kinsey Allen Consulting
Executive search consultancy
77.69 8.7 1.6    Handles only permanent placements to clients such as JP Morgan
52 Integrated Subsea Services
Offshore services provider
77.17 56.2 *10.1    Bank of Scotland Corporate invested a reported £80m for a 12.5% stake in April
53 AJ Power
Diesel generator manufacturer
76.44 18.0 3.3    Recently launched a range of green generators running entirely on biodiesel fuel
54 No 1 Currency
Foreign exchange specialist
75.5 474.1 87.7    Says its new system can process hundreds of exchange transactions per second
55 Alsbridge
Outsourcing consultancy
74.43 6.1 1.2    Works with more than 40 clients, including a range of FTSE 100 companies
56 Towergate Insurance
Insurance underwriter and broker
72.78 268.9 52.1    Claims to be Europe’s largest privately owned insurance intermediary
57 Acteon
Subsea services provider
71.72 194.7 38.5    Acquired competitors in Brazil and Singapore in 2007
58 Gü Chocolate Puds
Premium pudding maker
71.07 ‡16.8 3.4    Recently started selling hot chocolate served in Waitrose cafes
59 Maria Mallaband Care Group
Care home operator
71.03 25.2 5.0    Company also builds and sells retirement apartments
60 Savant
Construction consultancy
70.84 ‡21.7 4.4    Its construction projects include the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Moscow
61 McLaren Construction
Builder
70.75 133.8 26.9    Projects include Europe’s first carbon-neutral logistics depot based in Staffordshire
62 People Source Consulting
IT recruitment consultancy
68.4 ‡5.4 1.1    Set up with a grant from the Prince's Trust
63 Edge Recruits
Recruitment consultancy
67.95 ‡6.1 1.3    Developed “Job Pods”, video booths where jobseekers can sign up and register CVs
64 Ten Lifestyle Management
Concierge service provider
67.71 ‡10.0 2.1    Its concierge service advises clients on eco-friendly holidays and energy-efficient homes
65 NET-A-PORTER.com
Online fashion retailer
67.32 55.2 11.8    Has received more than £10m in funding since its launch eight years ago
66 Health Management
Occupational health adviser
66.77 7.6 1.6    Claims to work with 32 FTSE 250 companies
67 Sprue Aegis
Safety products manufacturer
66.72 7.3 1.6    Recently launched a new line of wireless fire safety devices
68 Staffgroup
Recruitment consultancy
65.74 13.2 2.9    Says 12 languages are spoken in its London head office
69 Instant Offices
Office supplier
64.98 ‡*5.3 1.2    Claims to work with more than 50 FTSE 100 companies
70 Fast & Fresh Restaurants
Subway sandwich franchiser
64.55 6.5 1.5    Offers a range of sandwiches containing only 6g of fat or less
71 Go Ape
Adventure course operator
63.67 6.1 1.4    Claims to take up to 100,000 bookings a year for its adventure courses
72 Caspian UK Group
Burger King franchiser
63.62 41.8 9.5    Claims to be one of the largest Burger King franchisers in Britain
73 Sloane Square Hotel
Hotel operator
63.53 6.1 1.4    Has put a laptop, wireless broadband and a PlayStation in every hotel room
74 Oliver Marketing
Marketing agency
63.15 ‡8.4 1.9    Claims that automated marketing technology is the key to its success
75 Playforce
Playground equipment maker
62.71 6.4 1.5    Makes up to 100 installations of its playground equipment per month
76 MSI Group
Recruitment consultancy
62.24 ‡9.2 2.2    Claims to be the preferred supplier of staff for Ericsson Japan
77 7city Learning
Training course provider
61.76 *16.5 3.9    Claims it trains about 20,000 staff each year for clients including HSBC and Citigroup
78 Move with Us
Residential property broker
61.3 27.9 6.6    Says it sold more than £500m worth of part-exchange property in the last year
79 Dawnus Construction
Civil engineering contractor
61.16 68.8 16.4    Projects include an environmentally sustainable centre on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire
80 Henleys Clothing
Fashion retailer
60.65 ‡25.7 6.2    Now has a new retail division with nine stores nationwide
81 Abel & Cole
Organic produce retailer
60.49 27.9 6.8    Food past its sell-by date feeds animals at Longleat Safari Park and the London Zoo
82 Lucy Wernick & Associates
Clothing wholesaler
59.41 11.6 2.9    Founder started with a £1,500 council grant and a loan from her father
83 Tonic Life Communications
PR consultancy
59.18 5.1 *1.3    Has offices in New York City, Dallas and western France
84 Connex Recruitment
Recruitment consultancy
58.66 ‡6.7 1.7    Owner founded the business with £7,000 in savings
85 Just Lamps
Projector lamp supplier
57.92 ‡21.4 5.4    20% of sales now come from its own-brand lamps that the firm manufactures itself
86 PineSolutions.co.uk
Wood furniture retailer
57.69 ‡7.2 1.8    Claims to be carbon-neutral and that only two of its staff use cars to commute
87 Simply Biz
Support services provider
57.53 10.7 2.7    Says its non-profit business academy has helped 2,000 users in six months
88 Ink Publishing
Airline magazine publisher
57.52 25.3 6.5    Publishes in-flight magazines in 17 languages, including Chinese, Polish and Khmer
89 DriveTech
Driver trainer
56.82 10.1 2.6    Claims to train drivers for more than 200 corporate fleets, including Sainsbury’s
90 Henry Howard Finance
Business finance provider
56.74 29.8 7.7    Claims to handle up to 300 lease transactions monthly
91 Parasol
Payroll services provider
56.36 249.0 *65.1    Claims to provide employment services for more than 25,000 contractors
92 1927 London
Designer clothes distributor
55.65 23.1 6.1    Recently launched a baby lifestyle brand created by Bon Jovi's drummer
93 Joules
Clothing retailer
55.25 22.2 5.9    Claims its childrenswear is John Lewis’s best-selling children’s line this season
94 Creativevents
Catering services provider
54.93 ‡10.2 2.8    Provides bar and catering services to the Red Bull Air Race and Cartier Polo
95 GGR-UNIC
Lifting solutions provider
53.92 12.8 3.5    Its cranes were used to raise the floor of a swimming pool without draining the water
96 Portfolio Payroll
Payroll recruitment consultancy
53.64 7.4 *2.0    Clients include HMV, Citibank and Sony
97 Tyrrells Potato Crisps
Crisps and snacks producer
53.61 ‡12.9 3.6    Newest potato chip flavours include beef and horseradish and ale and cheese
98 Cameron Black
Design and construction provider
53.45 ‡10.3 2.8    Says 80% of projects are within 10 miles of the company’s front door
99 Felicini
Restaurant chain
53.26 6.8 1.9    Its Manchester branch is rumoured to be one of Wayne Rooney’s favourite eating spots
100 STATS Group
Pipeline engineer
52.83 8.8 2.5    Recently opened offices in Houston and the UAE
* annualised figure
‡ unaudited accounts