Britain’s mid-market export stars celebrated

2nd May 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, Gymshark, Monica Vinader, Mountain Warehouse, Pentland Group and Revolution Beauty landed special awards at our 10th annual Sunday Times International Track 200 awards dinner in London last night.

Consumers in China and Brand Britain were on the agenda as the founders and senior directors of the country’s fastest-growing mid-market exporters networked at our Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 awards ceremony, co-hosted by our sponsors and Fast Track’s founder & CEO, Hamish Stevenson.

All 200 private mid-market exporters featuring on the league table this year received an award certificate to recognise their success. The companies increased their international sales over their latest two years by an average of 69% a year to a total of £14.1bn. Staff numbers rose by 38,000 over the same period to 140,000.


Guests welcomed

The 338 guests at the dinner included founders and senior directors from leading British exporters, such as Cath Kidston, BrewDog, Grenade, and The Hut Group.

Guests were welcomed by Amanda Murphy, head of commercial banking at title sponsor HSBC UK. She said:

The International Track 200 is a recognition of hard work, perseverance, resilience and brilliance. It demonstrates how British businesses will not be swayed from taking advantage of opportunities across the world, even at a time of uncertainty.



Talk by Dr Pippa Malmgren, economist and UK government advisor

Before dinner, guests heard from Dr Pippa Malmgren – an economist who has advised the UK and US governments on global strategic trends. She said that the success of International Track companies was due to an extraordinary level of innovation, and that the hardworking founders and senior directors present were at the cutting edge of the British economy.


Pippa described how even small British businesses are selling to all corners of the world and advised entrepreneurs to “exercise your imagination” to envisage a future that others cannot see. “The moment you have a vision which is different from the rest of the market is when you know you are on to something,” she added.


Speech by Dr Andy Palmer, president and group CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda

After dinner, guests heard from Dr Andy Palmer, president and group CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda, the world’s fastest-growing automotive brand whose sales doubled between 2015 and 2018 to £1.1bn. The company featured on the International Track 200 in 2018 before floating on the London Stock Exchange later that year.

He said small, agile companies can compete with larger rivals and noted how China is key for British exporters, adding that half the firm’s sales in the country last year were to women. “Chinese demand is driving our growth, and we have entered a new paradigm where what is good for China is generally good for all markets,” he added.


Event video 



Our sponsors

Recognising the achievements of all these companies is made possible by our title sponsor HSBC UK, and our main sponsors – DHL Express and Oracle NetSuite.


More information on the league table

The 2020 Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 will be published next year in February with an awards dinner in May. 

For company nominations please enter your details here 

For opportunities to meet and build relationships with the founders and directors of these fast-growing exporters, sesponsorship opportunities for International Track 200


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