The 13th annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 awards dinner was held on 21 November 2017 at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London.

The 265 guests included the founders, chairmen, CEOs and FDs of the featured companies. Guest speakers were Clare Gilmartin, chief executive of Trainline, and Simon Arora, chief executive of B&M Retail. Will Whitehorn, serial non-executive chairman, spoke at a pre-dinner roundtable discussion.

Each company received a certificate, and Iain Dey, business editor of The Sunday Times, presented the top company award to McLaren Automotive which has grown its operating profits 179% to £66m in 2016, on sales of £650m.

Past guests

Colin Tenwick Non-exec chairman Addison Lee
Margaret Mountford Chairman Argent Group
Nick Wheeler Founder & chairman Charles Tyrwhitt
Matthew Streets Managing partner Foster + Partners
Mike Parsons Non-exec director McCarthy & Stone
Mark Whitworth Chief executive Peel Ports Group
Jason Bannister Founder & managing director Oak Furniture Land
Larry Billett Senior board member Pret A Manger
Bill Robertson CBE DL Founder & executive chairman Robertson
Emma Lancaster Chief financial officer Study Group
Will Kernan Former chief executive The White Company
Jon White Managing director, UK Turner & Townsend

Past speakers

Andy Rubin, executive director, Pentland Group
Mark Constantine OBE, co-founder & managing director, Lush
Clare Gilmartin, chief executive Trainline