Rank Company Location Year end Annual sales rise over 3 years Latest sales £000s Staff Comment
1 DataworkforceTelecoms recruitment agency SE London 1999 272.69% 20,063 25 Founded by classical pianist who plays drums to help him think
2 Healthcare at HomeHome healthcare provider Burton upon Trent 1999 223.66% 21,958 65 Cares for 2,000 patients in their own homes at any one time
3 Packman ContractsCeiling contractor West London 1999 200.94% 11,980 52 Racehorse owner gave up gambling to found construction group
4 Drive AssistCar lessor Tamworth 1999 165.65% †47790 116 Last year’s No 1 firm provides victims of no-fault accidents with rental cars
5 Elec-Track InstallationsOverhead cable contractor Kent 1999 155.07% †4865 150 Started with only £5,000 of founders' personal savings
6 Equador ConsultingTelecoms consultancy West London 1999 145.02% 5,664 25 Operates across Europe for clients including and Cable & Wireless and NTL
7 Music BoxMusic retailer Essex 1999 144.20% †6056 70 Company went into liquidation in April 2002
8 Medico-Legal ReportingMedical reports compiler Reading 1999 143.98% 6,253 28 Deals with 4,000 personal injury instructions every month
9 Ecosse FilmsFilm maker SW London 1999 136.23% 7,254 15 Produced the Oscar-nominated film Mrs Brown, starring Billy Connolly
10 Project TelecomTelecoms supplier Nottinghamshire 1999 132.47% 117,087 303 Valued at £152m when it floated in September 2000
11 HyperlinkInternet software developer Central London 1999 128.62% 4,274 53 Turned down by British venture capitalists, it raised $6m in America
12 GenevacChemical evaporator maker Suffolk 1999 125.47% 7,204 60 Produces evaporators that help cut cost of drug development
13 EC InternationalExecutive search agency Central London 1999 122.44% 5,347 37 Places experts in telecoms, banking, sport and entertainment sectors
14 Ultimate EventsConference organiser SW London 1999 120.92% 12,123 21 Founded with credit card, now charges up to £1m per event
15 RovtechUnderwater vehicle operator Aberdeen 1999 119.09% 10,778 80 Designed vehicle to bury telecoms cables at greater depth than before
16 World CircuitRecord producer West London 1999 118.12% 4,415 12 Produced the international best-selling Buena Vista Social Club album
17 Alternative NetworksTelecoms systems integrator SW London 1999 117.49% 6,897 46 Started with £9,000, now claims to operate as a 'mini-BT'
18 Catering AllianceContract caterer Warwickshire 1999 116.14% 9,897 610 Won £1m contract to run staff restaurant at Asda headquarters
19 G Thornton (Contracts)Sports ground contractor Lancashire 1999 115.22% 6,136 20 Won £1.1m contract to build facilities for the Millennium Youth Games
20 Auto Tronics CommunicationsTelecoms equipment supplier West Midlands 1999 113.79% 3,889 43 Founder used cash from sale of house to set up company
21 JobserveInternet recruitment publisher Essex 1999 111.27% 8,271 31 Top company on the Profit Track 100 also appears on the Fast Track 100
22 Base LondonShoe wholesaler North London 1999 110.78% 15,524 21 Marketing campaign included a guide to the seedier side of London
23 Mill House InnsManaged pub operator Buckinghamshire 1999 110.77% 29,681 1,279 Started with 12 derelict pubs, company sold for £57.6m in August
24 Peto ServicesElectrical contractor Norfolk 1999 107.65% 3,045 46 Won big contracts to fit out oil-industry support and production ships
25 Ragdoll ProductionsTelevision programme maker Warwickshire 1999 106.24% 21,933 70 Creator of Teletubbies sells programmes to 90 broadcasters worldwide
26 Hopkins HomesHousebuilder Suffolk 1999 105.15% 14,715 30 Built 200 homes on site of East Anglia’s largest mental hospital
27 Fone RangeMobile-phone accessory maker NW London 1999 103.90% 11,071 72 Set up by teenaged brothers when they were still students
28 Morgan Howard GroupExecutive search agency West London 1999 103.27% 4,660 34 Founder left school at 16, now runs 16 offices worldwide
29 Partners for ChangeIT consultancy Middlesex 1999 102.25% 6,519 15 Runs joint venture offering companies advice on energy consumption
30 InterportPharmaceuticals wholesaler South London 1999 102.24% 17,231 22 Repackages and resells pharmaceuticals imported from the Continent
31 Remarc TechnologiesIT training firm Leeds 1999 101.77% 3,495 53 Claims to offer money back to anyone not satisfied with training
32 Wilcock ConsultantsNatural gas consultancy Cumbria 1999 101.01% 3,805 120 Prizes experience over youth in its consultants
33 Kilnbridge GroupConstruction contractor East London 1999 99.27% 14,706 315 Founded in a recession and took on work big contractors did not want
34 Omega International GroupKitchen maker Doncaster 1999 97.97% 10,751 129 Recently launched new range of ready-to-assemble kitchens
35 Metro MCSEngineering consultancy Kent 1999 97.52% 4,275 80 Projects include Jubilee Line extension and Channel Tunnel Rail Link
36 Renoir ShoesShoe retailer Cleveland 1999 96.64% 12,112 270 Founder started out selling men's platform shoes in the 1970s
37 Eaton SecuritiesCar park operator SE London 1999 96.34% 4,617 35 Provides free umbrellas for car-park users when it rains
38 Molson HoldingsConstruction equipment retailer Bristol 1999 95.47% 11,969 19 Sells construction equipment in eight currencies
39 John Walker DevelopmentsHousebuilder Kent 1999 95.36% 5,107 15 Allows clients to personalise design plans
40 Antal InternationalRecruitment agency Central London 1999 95.14% 13,151 302 Problems in east Europe cause firm to concentrate on west Europe
41 Knowledge & Merchandising IncToiletries developer Buckinghamshire 1999 94.08% 3,903 10 Started with one shaving product sold by one shop - Harrods
42 Restaurants at WorkContract caterer Surrey 1999 93.52% 3,883 160 Offers tailor-made catering services to blue-chip clients
43 Menzies HotelsHotel operator Derbyshire 1999 92.91% 23,232 923 Founder refinanced the company and now has £30m for acquisitions
44 EiseneggerClothes retailer Blackpool 1999 92.68% 16,212 205 Company moves into offices after 10 years in founders' home
45 SportsmaniaSportswear wholesaler Nottinghamshire 1999 92.15% 11,263 49 Operates 19 discount sportswear and leisurewear warehouses
46 Complete Mobile CommunicationsMobile phone wholesaler North London 1999 91.54% 17,772 41 Created force of 150 independent dealers to compete with larger firms
47 Computer Telecom InstallationsTelecoms installer Cambridgeshire 1999 90.64% †17617 239 Started with investment of £140, sold for £28m in September
48 Em: seven communicationsConference organiser West London 1999 90.16% 3,933 26 Chairman spent seven years working for the Conservative party
49 Gilmac Building ServicesCommercial office refurbisher North London 1999 89.55% 7,163 12 Currently working on Zandra Rhodes' Museum of Fashion and Textiles50
50 The Iron Bed CompanyBed manufacturer Chichester 1999 88.78% 8,076 128 Founders branch out into linen and dining room furniture
51 VistormManaged services provider Oxford 1999 88.34% 13,585 98 Founded with £40,000 from friends and sale of motorbikes
52 Strategic Systems SolutionsBanking software developer Liverpool 1999 87.98% 9,788 164 Develops specialist software for investment banks around the world
53 4castFinancial-market analyst SW London 1999 87.97% 3,025 57 Founders had to carry computers to potential clients to start business
54 SoftcatIT reseller Buckinghamshire 1999 85.43% 16,318 52 Staff vote on management and their own salaries
55 Legends Surf ShopsClothing retailer Warwickshire 1999 84.89% 4,191 57 Surfer teams up with father to sell sports fashion in 14 inland shops
56 Opta ResourcesRecruitment agency Reading 1999 84.71% 5,532 12 Created match-by-match ratings system for Premiership footballers
57 TCGMetal components maker Oxford 1999 84.54% 166,410 2,172 Makes lightweight metal components for BMW and Ericsson
58 Friel ConstructionHousebuilder Staffordshire 1999 84.08% 12,721 200 Keeps staff on site and uses laptops to link them to company network
59 Claret Civil EngineeringCivil engineering contractor Suffolk 1999 83.99% 3,303 40 Set up after founders talked over a glass of claret
60 QuestusTelecoms consultancy Surrey 1999 83.83% 4,725 28 Bought by American telecoms company for $23m in August
61 Gemstone TravelTravel agency Berkshire 1999 82.17% 33,022 157 Moves into skiing markets to help boost turnover
62 The Mobile Phone StoreMobile-phone retailer Merseyside 1999 81.37% 19,200 172 Founder sold to BT Cellnet for £40m in April 2000
63 TransEDASoftware developer Hampshire 1999 81.22% 3,147 34 Valued at £25m when floated on AIM in September
64 SalmonSoftware consultancy Hertfordshire 1999 80.27% 21,644 29 Demerger spawns two new companies as founders go separate ways
65 TSF UKComputer hardware reseller SW London 1999 79.96% 5,395 10 Started in spare bedroom and put everything founders owned on the line
66 Key PeopleIT recruitment agency St Albans 1999 79.92% 11,477 18 Places staff in space, defence and telecoms industries
67 LynchCivil-engineering contractor SE London 1999 79.56% 3,525 45 Imports hardwood flooring and doorframes from Slovakia
68 LexonPharmaceuticals distributor Redditch 1999 79.32% 13,859 40 Guarantees 24-hour delivery nationwide
69 Direct DigitalDigital photocopier supplier SW London 1999 79.13% †6717 45 Expands into Europe by working for companies with foreign operations
70 DesignphaseOffice refurbisher Surrey 1999 78.48% 3,594 12 Does everything from putting up decorations to refurbishing lifts
71 Travel CounsellorsTravel agency Bolton 1999 78.45% 26,575 127 Head office includes beauty spa for staff
72 P&M ProductsToy manufacturer Surrey 1999 77.41% 9,720 58 American subsidiary had sales of $5.5m in first year of operation
73 Paradise Computers UKComputer hardware reseller West London 1999 77.38% 11,716 21 Established in an old garden shed using founder's credit card
74 Quantum MicroponentsComputer hardware supplier Merseyside 1999 76.66% 20,049 72 Started in a barn, now supplies UK’s leading mail order companies
75 RS Communication ServicesCable contractor Essex 1999 76.61% 13,293 36 Provided telecom cabling for Canary Wharf and London City Airport
76 TriageRecruitment agency SE London 1999 76.36% 18,733 38 Helps clients attract, recruit, develop and motivate their staff
77 Responsive DesignsFlooring importer Surrey 1999 76.02% 20,853 30 Claims to import half of wooden flooring sold in Britain every year
78 Ceuta HealthcareSales and marketing agency Bournemouth 1999 75.88% 3,128 45 Represents overseas companies such as Procter & Gamble in Britain
79 Intec (UK)Recruitment agency Lancashire 1999 75.60% 5,134 90 Went from testing of nuclear power stations to manpower provision
80 Mitek GroupComputer component distributor Staffordshire 1999 75.39% 3,707 18 Managing director changed nature of the business almost overnight
81 Apex HotelsHotelier Edinburgh 1999 75.23% 5,172 138 Spotted niche market for large designer hotels in converted buildings
82 Voyager NetworksComputer consultancy Coventry 1999 74.59% 8,602 54 Sold to American telecoms giant RSL Communications for £75m
83 Land of LeatherFurniture retailer Kent 1999 74.13% 14,684 61 Created market selling affordable leather lounge suites to families
84 Extra PersonnelProvision of temporary and permanent staff to industry West Midlands 1999 73.80% †26312 2,969 One of two companies to appear on Fast Track 100 for fourth year running
85 FDM GroupIT services provider Brighton 1999 73.47% 41,245 277 Retrained 150 long-term unemployed in web design and technology
86 NS OptimumIT systems integrator Warwickshire 1999 72.74% †5274 15 Provided computer networks for Harrow and Uppingham schools
87 Chem-Dry UKInsurance claim manager East Yorkshire 1999 72.65% 12,222 60 Manages insurance claims for fire and flood damaged carpets
88 Severn GroupProject management consultancy Central London 1999 71.62% 4,146 24 Started as one-man firm, now has offices in Frankfurt and New York
89 Career LegalRecruitment agency Central London 1999 71.58% 8,294 34 Started by supplying legal secretaries, now places lawyers
90 EcoflowMagnetic device retailer Cornwall 1999 71.33% 6,250 34 Founders took part in a round-the-world car rally
91 Markham EngineeringBuilding services contractor Hertfordshire 1999 70.50% 7,003 50 Worked in Poland and Hungary for UCI Cinemas
92 TechnocoverSteel product maker Wales 1999 70.10% 3,140 51 Welsh 'metal basher' gets edge through marketing
93 Braylake Car CompanyCar dealer Milton Keynes 1999 69.49% 15,404 64 Colleagues told founder he was mad to set up on his own
94 PrismTechSoftware developer Gateshead 1999 69.25% 4,074 74 Sells mainly on the web; exports make up 90% of sales
95 Benchmark ScaffoldingScaffolding contractor West London 1999 68.97% 4,248 25 Won £1m contract to supply scaffolding for Isle of Wight’s only hospital
96 Ridgmont Care HomesNursing home operator Hertfordshire 1999 68.89% 9,835 775 Former venture capitalist set up nursing homes with funds from Cinven
97 City & County HealthcareHome care provider Wembley 1999 68.88% 5,500 725 Took advantage of new legislation giving elderly people home care
98 Ives DevelopmentSoftware developer Cambridgeshire 1999 68.68% 6,723 82 Chairman completed 7,000-mile charity bike ride for Unicef
99 Direct GroupInsurance outsourcer Doncaster 1999 68.47% 8,251 32 Carved out a niche selling insurance along with financial services
100 Spring ResourcesRecycling machinery maker Swindon 1999 68.22% 3,074 60 Sells everything from nuts and bolts to £3.5m crushing machines

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