The Profit Track Ones to Recognise represents the best of the rest of the companies whose profit growth falls just short of the main league table, but who have shown good profit growth in the past and are set to grow rapidly in the future. All shortlisted companies are visited by the Fast Track research team and assessed for inclusion.

The top ten companies are featured in the supplement in The Sunday Times and are invited to the national awards dinner.

They receive a certificate, and one national winner, selected by a judging panel led by serial entrepreneur Luke Johnson, is announced on the night and presented with an award.

This year’s winner was Team17, the computer games developer.

CompanyHQ LocationYear endProfits £000Sales £000StaffFounded
COOKFrozen food manufacturerKentMar 16 2,540 45,056 7461997
Doves Farm FoodsSpecialist flour millerBerkshireJun 16 *2,867 *17,278 711978
GrippleEngineering device manufacturerSheffieldDec 15 4,632 48,646 4431989
GuestlineHospitality software developerShrewsburyNov 15 3,348 11,2211211991
Hague Print MediaPrint solutions providerWest YorkshireDec 15 3,588 16,168 471980
Molecular Products GroupAir purification technologyEssexMar 16 2,035 22,6721291973
Quiz ClothingFashion retailerGlasgowMar 16 *5,683 *87,375 1,2391994
Racing PostRacing publisherCentral LondonDec 15 12,795 56,1142751986
SydenhamsBuilders' merchantBournemouthMar 16 5,930 60,929 4021874
Team17Computer games developerWest YorkshireDec 16 *5,200 *13,400 1001990

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Past stars

Chairman of the judges

Luke Johnson is founder and chairman of Risk Capital Partners, and was formerly chairman of Pizza Express and Channel 4. He holds a number of chairmanships, including of Fast Track’s Advisory Board.

Luke has been making private company investments for over 20 years. His current investments include travel agency Cruise.co.uk, The Bread Factory & Gail’s, and Patisserie Valerie, which floated on AIM in 2014. He has chaired Fast Track’s ‘Ones to Recognise’ awards judging panel since 2006.

He also writes a weekly column for The Sunday Times.