About us

Fast Track is a leading research and events company that has created a network of the UK’s top private companies through our rankings in The Sunday Times.

We publish six annual league tables and bring the founders and directors together at our invitation-only networking awards events and alumni dinners, supported by our sponsors.

Our history

Fast Track was founded in 1997 by CEO Hamish Stevenson with The Sunday Times as media partner. He secured sponsorship from Sir Richard Branson for his research fellowship in entrepreneurship at Oxford University, where he completed his doctorate and remains an associate fellow. With the help of lots of people, entrepreneurs and sponsors, Fast Track has developed into the thriving network it is today.

Our first Fast Track 100 league table of the fastest-growing sales featured ARM Holdings with sales of just £17m, which was bought by Nvidia for £31bn in 2020. Our other private company league tables rank the UK’s fastest-growing tech firms, companies with the fastest-growing sales, profits and international sales; and we also rank the leading mid-market companies and those with the biggest sales.

Our coverage of private companies

Over 24 years, more than 5,600 companies have featured on our league tables. They include half of the UK’s c2,500 private companies with operating profits of over £3m, and almost all private companies with profits over £50m or sales over £250m.

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Our awards & alumni dinners

Over 18,000 entrepreneurs and directors have attended our 500+ invitation-only networking awards and alumni dinners, including our annual flagship Fast Track 100 event supported by Sir Richard Branson. Many continue to attend our alumni dinners and speak at our events.

Speakers range from Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, David Cameron and Gordon Brown to Nasa Astronaut Mark Kelly, Niklas Zennström of Skype and Sir Martin Sorrell. Most speakers are from our league tables, including Sir James Dyson, Sir Charles Dunstone, Dame Mary Perkins of Specsavers, Charles Rolls of Fever-Tree, Poppy Gustafsson of Darktrace, and Alex Chesterman of Cazoo and Zoopla.

Our credentials

Fast Track has established its reputation as the UK’s leading networking events company due to the:

  • Calibre of the entrepreneurs and directors that attend our invitation-only networking awards and alumni dinners
  • Rigour of the company research behind our league tables published in The Sunday Times
  • Quality of our guest speakers
  • Value we deliver to our long-standing blue chip sponsors