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.

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Profit Track 100 entry criteria

  • UK registered, unquoted, and not subsidiaries
  • Profits of at least £500,000 in the base year (2011 or 2012)
  • Profits of at least £3m in the latest year (2014 or 2015)
  • Profits are defined as operating profits before exceptional items
  • Profits must increase in the latest year, from 2013 to 2014, or 2014 to 2015
  • 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

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

Health & beauty products maker @NYR_Official grows sales 9% to a record £37m @HSBCUKBusiness #IntTrack200 http://fCr7udlPaj
Leisure group @Shearings has appointed Richard Calvert as CEO from US-based CTG @GrantThorntonUK #TopTrack250 http://tl2VG03GJZ
.@BulkPowders celebrates 10yrs with cake-flavoured whey protein @AdamRossiter_ @DawesElliot @Virgin #FastTrack100 http://gGGcNfSja3
.@eurogaragesltd to buy @littlechefcouk brand and restaurant portfolio @HSBCUKBusiness #TopTrack100 http://P50fEmYZ3R
.@Dyson is hiring 110 software engineers – but only if they can solve a cryptic puzzle @HSBCUKBusiness #TopTrack100 http://2tMaQuo9BO
.@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

Types of Profit Track 100 company

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Average 3 year profit growth

50%-180% pa



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