The 22nd annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 conference and awards dinner was held on 16 May 2019 at Mill End House in Oxfordshire, and hosted by Holly Branson and Hamish Stevenson.

 

The event began with an afternoon conference where over 360 guests heard from a range of inspirational speakers and panellists:

 

The importance of, and differences between, Gen Z and Millennials as staff and customers
Keynote speakers: David Stillman, Gen Z; Callum Negus-Fancey, founder & CEO, Verve; Neil Simpson, director of global business development, BrewDog
Q&A with speakers chaired by Oliver Shah, business editor, The Sunday Times

 

Employing and selling to Gen Z and Millennials 
Panellists: Ben Francis, co-founder & chief brand officer, Gymshark; Rachel Horsefield, CEO, beauty division, The Hut Group; Arian Kalantari, co-founder & director, LADBible Group; Susie Ma, founder & CEO, Tropic Skincare; chaired by Peter Evans, enterprise editor, The Sunday Times

 

Speakers also heard from Stephen Attenborough of Virgin Galactic, and a Q&A session was held with Sir Richard Branson, via satellite, and Holly Branson. All companies on the league table received an award certificate and sponsors presented special awards for excellence.

Awards

Past guests

Scott MacDonald Former managing director Bill's Restaurants
James Watt MBE Co-founder & director BrewDog
Michele Harriman-Smith Chief executive ChildrenSalon
Gary Gay Founder & chairman G2 Energy
Anthony Fletcher Chief executive Graze
Nick Grey Founder & chief executive Gtech
Henrietta Morrison Founder & chief executive Lily's Kitchen
Robert Jakobi Former managing director Metcalfe's Food Co
Liz Houghton Co-founder & chief executive Mint Velvet
Nitin Passi Founder & chief executive Missguided
Jason Bannister Founder & managing director Oak Furniture Land
Humphrey Cobbold Chief executive PureGym

Past speakers

Charles Rolls, co-founder & deputy chairman, Fever-Tree
Karen Jones CBE, co-founder, Café Rouge
Gareth Williams, co-founder & chairman, Skyscanner