Fast Track 100

The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years.

It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each December, with an awards event the following May, and alumni dinners during the year.

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Fast Track 100 entry criteria

Non-tech companies

  • UK registered, unquoted, and not subsidiaries
  • Sales of at least £250,000 in the base year (2012 or 2013)
  • Sales of at least £5m in the latest year (2015 or 2016)
  • Ten or more employees in the latest year (2015 or 2016)
  • Operating profit of at least £500k in the latest year (2015 or 2016)
  • Year-on-year sales growth in the latest year from 2014 to 2015, or 2015 or 2016, plus forecast (or actual) sales growth
  • Trading weeks in the base and latest years have to exceed 25
  • Recruitment firms, payroll services providers and media agencies are required to have gross profits of at least £5m. Sales for recruitment and payroll firms are the total amount invoiced to clients; media agencies’ sales are net of advertising spend on behalf of clients
  • Companies that do not meet all the criteria can still be considered for our Ones to Watch programme, particularly if they forecast good sales growth
  • Excluded companies include technology (which appear on Tech Track 100), LLPs, pure property and financial trading companies, and companies with sales of over £500m
  • We reserve the right to change the qualification criteria set out above and to make exceptions. This is not a competition; the compiler’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

The closing date for nominations for the 2017 league table is 29 September, with publication on 3 December.

.@Poundland announces plans for 50 @pepandco “shop-in-shops” in its stores @HSBCUKBusiness #TopTrack100 #alumni http://yVDaYr0vk6
Developer @WatesGroup secures £40m housing-led development in North London @HSBCUKBusiness #TopTrack100 http://bOVDVQouIc
Sales on phones & tablets helped @ShopDirect grow group sales 9% over Christmas @HSBCUKBusiness #TopTrack100 http://5nwdHNys73
Traffic services firm @NSLConnect has been bought by Marston Group @GrantThorntonUK #TopTrack250 http://BRv2IYRaur
.@GioNajar tells @Virgin about the turning point that helped @chichiclothing become a #FastTrack100 #OTW http://TQfRm8gxXG
Exports help @dcsgroupuk grow annual sales to £210m, ahead of move to new Banbury HQ @GrantThorntonUK #TopTrack250 http://Ig8UhZC6M9
Overseas growth and online shoppers helped @HobbsVIP grow festive sales by 14% @HSBCUKBusiness #IntTrack200 http://vjXv396Rgx
.@UKFast is investing £2.3m to upgrade its data centre complex @BDOaccountant #ProfitTrack100 http://LGjFFLddrC
.@APCOvernight tops £100m annual sales after strengthening its management team @BDOaccountant #ProfitTrack100 http://ORMxMW9CJs

Types of Fast Track 100 company

Total sales

£5m-£250m

Profits

up to £10m

Average 3 year sales growth

50%-200% pa

Staff

10-2,000

Alumni success stories

Featured in 1997 with sales of £17m; floated in 1998 and recently sold to SoftBank for £24.4bn
First featured in 1997 with sales of £65m; agreed a £3.8bn merger with Dixons in 2014
First featured on Fast Track 100 in 2010 with sales of £305m; floated in 2014 and completed a $13bn merger with IHS in 2016