The ninth annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table supplement was published on 13 October 2013, with title sponsor Grant Thornton.

The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 is the sister publication of The Sunday Times Top Track 100, which identifies Britain's 100 private companies with the biggest sales. The league table ranks the 250 next biggest private companies, provided either sales or operating profits have increased by at least 10% in their latest available accounts. Sales range from 130m to 650m.

Despite the tough economy, two thirds of the companies on the league table improved their operating profit margin in their latest year, and 93% increased their sales to a combined 68 billion, equivalent to 5% of GDP. Staff numbers are up 36,000 from the previous year to 410,000, representing 1.4% of the UK workforce.

Virgin Active is the top company with sales of 641m. The health club operator has more than 270 centres worldwide and is the second largest operator globally by revenues. Other well-known names include Boden, Nando's, Selfridges, Vue Cinemas, Warburtons, Yeo Valley and Wonga. See the press releases.

The 2014 Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table will be published on 12 October.

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