The Profit Track Ones to Watch 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.
|Company||HQ Location||Year end||Profits £000||Sales £000||Staff||Founded|
|COOKFrozen food manufacturer||Kent||Mar 16||2,540||45,056||746||1997|
|Doves Farm FoodsSpecialist flour miller||Berkshire||Jun 16||*2,867||*17,278||71||1978|
|GrippleEngineering device manufacturer||Sheffield||Dec 15||4,632||48,646||443||1989|
|GuestlineHospitality software developer||Shrewsbury||Nov 15||3,348||11,221||121||1991|
|Hague Print MediaPrint solutions provider||West Yorkshire||Dec 15||3,588||16,168||47||1980|
|Molecular Products GroupAir purification technology||Essex||Mar 16||2,035||22,672||129||1973|
|Quiz ClothingFashion retailer||Glasgow||Mar 16||*5,683||*87,375||1,239||1994|
|Racing PostRacing publisher||Central London||Dec 15||12,795||56,114||275||1986|
|SydenhamsBuilders' merchant||Bournemouth||Mar 16||5,930||60,929||402||1874|
|Team17Computer games developer||West Yorkshire||Dec 16||*5,200||*13,400||100||1990|
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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 teamClive Lucking, co-founder & CEO, Fourfront Group
Profit Track helped raise Dr Martens’ profile at a critical time of its developmentDavid 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 climateAlfie 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’ awards judging panel since 2006.
He also writes a weekly column for The Sunday Times.