The Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 ranks Britain’s 100 small and medium-sized (SME) companies with the fastest-growing international sales over the latest two years. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each February, with an awards dinner in May.

The closing date for nominations for the 2018 league table is 5 January 2018, with publication on 25 February 2018.

SME Export Track 100 Entry Criteria

The closing date for nominations is 5 January 2018, with publication on 25 February 2018.

Total sales less than £25m

  • UK registered, unquoted, and not subsidiaries
  • International sales of at least £150,000 in the base year (2014 or 2015)
  • International sales of at least 20% of total sales in the latest year (2016 or 2017)
  • Total sales of between £5m and £25m in the latest year (2016 or 2017)
  • Year-on-year international sales growth in the latest year from 2015 to 2016, or 2016 to 2017
  • Operating profit must be positive in the latest year (2016 or 2017)
  • Trading weeks in the base and latest years have to exceed 25
  • Recruitment firms, payroll services providers and media agencies are required to have gross profits of at least £5m. Sales for recruitment and payroll firms are the total amount invoiced to clients; media agencies’ sales are net of advertising spend on behalf of clients
  • Excluded companies include LLPs, pure property and financial trading companies
  • We reserve the right to change the qualification criteria set out above and to make exceptions. This is not a competition; the compiler’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

Types of company

TOTAL SALES

£5m - £25m

INTERNATIONAL SALES

£1m - £20m

AVERAGE 2 YEAR INT'L SALES GROWTH

30% - 280% pa

STAFF

10 - 400

Alumni success stories

Sold in August 2015 to US vitamin retailer NBTY, for £55m, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group
Sold by Living Bridge in August 2015 to Japanese sportswear brand Descente for an undisclosed sum
Raised $16m in June 2015 from Draper Esprit to fund international expansion in US and Asia Pacific