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.
The best networking and growth company event in the UK - bar none!! Humphrey Cobbold, chief executive, PureGym
Great to be amongst so many highly motivated business people. A true inspiration Peter Harris, co-founder & development director, Hotel Chocolat
The best award we have ever won. Amazing opportunities and network it opens up Matthew Lee, co-founder & director, Shopper Media Group
Fast Track 100 is the Oscars of growing companies. It provides instant credibility and has been a badge of honour for Vardags Ayesha Vardag, founder & president, Vardags
An amazing opportunity to take a breath, get perspective and go away with new ideas Tom Warner, co-founder & director, Warner's Distillery