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.

The closing date for nominations for the 2018 league table is 2 February 2018, with publication on 8 April 2018.

Profit Track 100 entry criteria

The closing date for nominations for the 2018 league table is 2 February 2018, with publication on 8 April 2018.

  • UK registered, unquoted, and not subsidiaries
  • Profits of at least £500,000 in the base year (2013 or 2014)
  • Profits of at least £3m in the latest year (2016 or 2017)
  • Profits are defined as operating profits before exceptional items
  • Profits must increase in the latest year, from 2015 to 2016, or 2016 to 2017
  • 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 are equal joint ventures, or majority-owned by quoted or other companies
  • Companies that do not meet the criteria can still be considered for the Ones to Watch 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

 

Types of company

Total profits

£3m - £40m

Total sales

£10m - £350m

Average 3 year profit growth

50% - 200% pa

Staff

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