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

The closing date for nominations for the 2017 league table is 2 June, with publication on 2 July.

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

 

Chef from @RedsTrueBBQ to compete in world bbq championship in Texas @Virgin #FastTrack100 #OTW http://7kVpesEpXR
.@StevenEagell acquires 8 dealerships, bringing its number of branches to 20 @GrantThorntonUK #TopTrack250 http://ilWkxwFsp3
#FineIndustries to be acquired by China’s Lianhe Technology @HSBCUKBusiness #IntTrack200 http://k7j1kYQT6M
.@JCBmachines to be a sponsor of the @WilliamsRacing @F1 racing team @HSBCUKBusiness #TopTrack100 http://PGZCSx1II6
.@MVFGlobal acquires Crimson Startups, owner of sites including @startupstowers @HSBCUKBusiness #IntTrack200 http://nDsQ5NuhZE
Record 75.7m passengers passed through @yourHeathrow in 2016, helping sales to £2.8bn @HSBCUKBusiness #TopTrack100 http://zCi05qeZmD
100 new staff to be recruited by @BarrheadTravel as part of expansion plans @Virgin #FastTrack100 http://AeiYPBPaqr
.@Spencer_Ogden launches 1st office in Germany @bradlewington @HSBCUKBusiness #IntTrack200 http://r3AwScE7GB
.@Primacheese expects to boost its production capacity by 50% as part of £3m expansion @HSBCUKBusiness #IntTrack200 http://N3A4t7JVo6

Types of 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