The 21st annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 conference and awards dinner was held on 23 May 2018 at Tobacco Dock 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 speakers and panellists:

 

Building fast-growth companies
Keynote speakers: Karen Jones CBE, serial entrepreneur & non-exec; Clare Gilmartin, Trainline.

 

Managing different stages of growth
Panellists: Cath Kidston MBE, Cath Kidston; Juliet Barratt, Grenade; Kate Lester, Diamond Logistics; Susie Ma, Tropic Skincare; chaired by Rosamund Urwin, The Sunday Times.

 

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

Awards

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