The Profit Track Ones to Watch 10 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.

Company HQ Location Year end Profits £000 Sales £000 Staff Founded
1st CreditDebt collection agency Surrey Dec 07 29,859 76,837 222 2001
BarbourClothing manufacturer South Shields Dec 06 7,924 58,142 554 1894
DreamsBed retailer High Wycombe Dec 07 13,187 166,772 1,303 1985
Engine GroupMarketing agency Central London Dec 06 6,391 54,603 289 2004
Everest Home ImprovementsHome improvement supplier Hertfordshire Oct 06 8,795 144,900 933 1965
Fusion GroupEngineering equipment supplier Chesterfield Mar 07 †3,530 †58,831 524 1971
GyroHSRBrand communications agency SW London Oct 07 2,956 37,009 262 1991
Keltbray GroupCivil engineering contractor Southwest London Oct 06 5,538 78,503 342 1976
sk:nCosmetic treatment provider Birmingham Aug 06 †1,573 †14,855 233 1990
The Senator GroupOffice furniture manufacturer Lancashire Dec-06 8,916 76,245 851 1976

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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 Watch 10’ awards judging panel since 2006.

He also writes a weekly column for The Sunday Times.