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
BenRiach DistilleryWhisky distillery Edinburgh Dec 09 3,732 15,072 32 2004
CPL AromasFragrance designer and maker Hertfordshire Mar 10 6,494 47,179 302 1971
DDD GroupPharmaceutical manufacturer Watford Dec 09 3,175 33,294 217 1912
Dr MartensShoe manufacturer and retailer Northamptonshire Mar 10 8,618 82,917 264 1960
HTIToy manufacturer and distributor Lancashire Mar 10 5,645 66,190 172 1952
Icon LiveFashion accessories supplier West Sussex Feb 10 †5,419 †87,301 1,687 2002
Metaswitch NetworksCommunications technology provider Enfield Aug 10 8,093 82,400 523 1981
RaynerOptician and intraocular lens maker Buckinghamshire Dec 09 6,782 47,003 885 1910
Sheffield ForgemastersSteel manufacturer Sheffield Jun 10 9,483 104,831 797 2003
Zuma GroupRestaurateur Central London Dec 09 11,000 42,000 1,000 2002

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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.