Fast Track 100

The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each December, with an awards event the following May, and alumni dinners during the year.

Fast Track 100 entry criteria

The closing date for nominations for the 2021 league table is 1 October, with publication on 5 December.

  • UK registered, unquoted, and not subsidiaries
  • Sales of at least £250,000 in the base year (2017 or 2018)
  • Sales of at least £5m in the latest year (2020 or 2021)
  • Year-on-year sales growth in the latest year from 2019 to 2020, or 2020 to 2021
  • Ten or more employees in the latest year (2020 or 2021)
  • Operating profit of at least £500,000 in the latest year (2020 or 2021)
  • Trading weeks in the base and latest years have to exceed 25
  • Recruitment firms, payroll services providers, energy firms and media agencies are required to have gross profits of at least £5m. Sales for recruitment and payroll firms represent total amount invoiced to clients; media agencies’ sales are net of advertising spend on behalf of clients
  • Companies that do not meet all the criteria can still be considered for our 10 Fast Track Ones to Watch programme, particularly if they forecast good sales growth


  • Technology companies (which appear on Tech Track 100), LLPs, pure property and financial trading companies, and companies with sales of over £500m
  • Companies that are equal joint ventures, or majority-owned by quoted or other companies
  • 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


Types of company

Total sales

£5m - £100m


up to £10m

Average 3 year sales growth

40% - 200% pa


10 - 2,000

Alumni success stories

Featured in 1997 with sales of £17m; floated in 1998 and is being sold by SoftBank to Nvidia for £31bn
First featured in 1997 with sales of £65m; agreed a £3.8bn merger with Dixons in 2014
First featured on Fast Track 100 in 2011 with sales of £6.7m; floated in 2014 and is now worth £2.8bn