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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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.