Top Track 100

The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the biggest sales. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each July, with a series of associated dinners in the autumn.

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Top Track 100 entry criteria

Sales £630m +

  • UK registered, unquoted, and not subsidiaries
  • Sales are taken as total turnover, net of VAT
  • Companies are not required to be in profit
  • Trading weeks in the latest year have to exceed 25
  • Companies must have at least 100 staff (average full-time equivalents for the year)
  • Companies may have their ultimate holding company offshore
  • Sales are typically between £700m and £3bn

Exclusions

  • Companies that are either equal joint ventures, or majority-owned by quoted companies
  • Pure trading companies and companies with fewer than 100 staff (average full-time equivalents for the year)
  • Not-for-profit companies, including co-operative societies, mutual societies, provident associations, and member-owned buying groups
  • 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
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Types of Top Track 100 company

Total sales

£630m-£18bn

Profits

up to £1.7bn

Staff

100-20,000

Alumni success stories

Featured with sales of £307m. Floated in 2005 and is now worth c£4bn
First featured with sales of £713m. Floated in 2014 at valuation of £2.8bn
First featured with sales of £3.1bn. Floated in October 2015 at valuation of £4.8bn