The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 supplement 2014
The 13th Sunday Times Top Track 100 league table supplement was published on 29 June 2014, with main sponsor Linklaters. HSBC have since become the title sponsor of Top Track 100.
The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 ranks Britain's private companies with the biggest sales, ranging from £23.4bn to £636m. The companies' combined turnover is £202bn, 6% higher than the year before. Profits grew 6.5% to reach £18bn, although combined debt is high at £88bn.
Alliance Boots, the pharmaceutical wholesaler and retailer, tops the table for the fifth year in a row, with sales of £23.4bn in the year to March 2014. It is one of the 42 companies on the league table backed by private equity.
Many household names have featured on the league table for all 13 years it has been published, such as JCB, Virgin Atlantic and John Lewis Partnership. During that time, combined sales have almost tripled and staff numbers are up by a third to just over 1m.
See the press release.
The 2015 Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 league table will be published next June.