Profit Track 100

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

It is compiled by Fast Track and published as a supplement in The Sunday Times each April, with a national awards event in June and alumni dinners throughout the year.

View Criteria

Profit Track 100 entry criteria

The closing date for nominations for the 2017 league table is 3 February with publication on 2 April.

  • UK registered, unquoted, and not subsidiaries
  • Profits of at least £500,000 in the base year (2012 or 2013)
  • Profits of at least £3m in the latest year (2015 or 2016)
  • Profits are defined as operating profits before exceptional items
  • Profits must increase in the latest year, from 2014 to 2015, or 2015 to 2016
  • Trading weeks in the base and latest years have to exceed 25 Excluded companies include pure property and financial trading companies, and those with restricted accounts
  • Companies that do not meet the criteria can still be considered for the Ones to Recognise programme. This is a selection of companies that have either achieved, or predict, good profit growth
  • 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


Chef from @RedsTrueBBQ to compete in world bbq championship in Texas @Virgin #FastTrack100 #OTW http://7kVpesEpXR
.@StevenEagell acquires 8 dealerships, bringing its number of branches to 20 @GrantThorntonUK #TopTrack250 http://ilWkxwFsp3
#FineIndustries to be acquired by China’s Lianhe Technology @HSBCUKBusiness #IntTrack200 http://k7j1kYQT6M
.@JCBmachines to be a sponsor of the @WilliamsRacing @F1 racing team @HSBCUKBusiness #TopTrack100 http://PGZCSx1II6
.@MVFGlobal acquires Crimson Startups, owner of sites including @startupstowers @HSBCUKBusiness #IntTrack200 http://nDsQ5NuhZE
Record 75.7m passengers passed through @yourHeathrow in 2016, helping sales to £2.8bn @HSBCUKBusiness #TopTrack100 http://zCi05qeZmD
100 new staff to be recruited by @BarrheadTravel as part of expansion plans @Virgin #FastTrack100 http://AeiYPBPaqr
.@Spencer_Ogden launches 1st office in Germany @bradlewington @HSBCUKBusiness #IntTrack200 http://r3AwScE7GB
.@Primacheese expects to boost its production capacity by 50% as part of £3m expansion @HSBCUKBusiness #IntTrack200 http://N3A4t7JVo6

Types of company

Total profits

£3m - £40m

Total sales

£10m - £350m

Average 3 year profit growth

50% - 180% pa


20 - 1,000

Alumni success stories

Featured with profits of £15m. Floated in 2000, now worth c£4bn after merger with Dixons
First featured with profits of £6m. Sold to Bavaguthu Shetty for £1bn in 2014
First featured with profits of £24m, profits of £316m on sales of £1.4bn in 2014