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|
|AJ BellPension administrator||Manchester||Sep 08||10,360||24,532||255||1995|
|Bifold GroupMechanical engineer||Manchester||Aug 08||3,411||18,256||132||1880|
|BM PolycoSpecialist glove manufacturer||North London||Mar 08||4,135||36,720||127||1978|
|Cath KidstonLifestyle retailer||West London||Apr 08||3,384||19,248||179||1993|
|Dorchester CollectionLuxury hotel operator||Central London||Dec 07||50,311||231,032||2,403||2006|
|GrundonWaste manager||Oxfordshire||Sep 07||6,545||70,981||640||1929|
|Mamas & PapasNursery products retailer||Huddersfield||Mar 08||7,440||110,842||1,116||1981|
|Space Engineering ServicesEngineers||Bristol||Mar 08||5,800||122,071||482||1987|
|Steer Davies GleaveTransport consultancy||Central London||Mar 08||3,323||36,924||397||1978|
|The Harley Medical GroupCosmetic surgery||Central London||Jun 08||4,371||33,743||200||1983|
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To be one of the fastest-growing companies in the South East is testament to our strategy and the quality of our team Clive Lucking, co-founder & CEO, Fourfront Group
Profit Track helped raise Dr Martens’ profile at a critical time of its development David Suddens, former CEO, Dr Martens
We are delighted with our win as it recognises the sustained and continuous growth of the ACE Winches organization in a tough economic climate Alfie Cheyne, founder & CEO, ACE Winches
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.