The 20th annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 conference and awards dinner was held on 25 May 2017 at Old Billingsgate in London, and hosted by Sir Richard Branson.

The event began with an afternoon conference where over 360 guests heard from a range of inspirational panellists:

Creating innovative world-beating companies
Panellists: Sir Richard Branson, Virgin; Simon Segars, ARM; Simon Arora, B&M Retail; Charles Rolls, Fever-Tree; chaired by Rich Reed, innocent.

Taking on the big brands
Panellists: Chrissie Rucker, The White Company; Henrietta Morrison, Lily’s Kitchen; Nick Grey, Gtech; Nick Jenkins,; chaired by Sarah Wood, Unruly.

Building 21st century businesses
Panellists: Cherry Freeman, LoveCrafts; Gordon Sanghera, Oxford Nanopore; Peter Smith, Blockchain; Poppy Gustafsson, Darktrace; chaired by Iain Dey, The Sunday Times.

A Q&A session was held with Sir Richard and Josh Bayliss, group CEO of Virgin. All companies on the league table received an award certificate and sponsors presented special awards for excellence.


Past guests

Scott MacDonald Former managing director Bill's Restaurants
James Watt MBE Co-founder & director BrewDog
Michele Harriman-Smith Chief executive ChildrenSalon
Gary Gay Founder & chairman G2 Energy
Anthony Fletcher Chief executive Graze
Nick Grey Founder & chief executive Gtech
Henrietta Morrison Founder & chief executive Lily's Kitchen
Robert Jakobi Former managing director Metcalfe's Food Co
Liz Houghton Co-founder & chief executive Mint Velvet
Nitin Passi Founder & chief executive Missguided
Jason Bannister Founder & managing director Oak Furniture Land
Humphrey Cobbold Chief executive PureGym

Past speakers

Charles Rolls, co-founder & deputy chairman, Fever-Tree
Simon Arora, chief executive, B&M Retail
Gareth Williams, co-founder & CEO, Skyscanner