Fast Track 100

The 23rd annual Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 awards was held as a virtual interactive event on 16 September 2020, with welcomes from Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak and Sir Richard Branson.

Our 325 guests heard from our keynote speakers about managing rapid growth, responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the importance of culture.

  • Steve Hewitt, chief executive of Gymshark, the fitness clothing brand valued at over £1bn in August when it sold a 21% stake to US private equity firm General Atlantic
  • Susie Ma, founder and chief executive of Tropic, which sells its range of 200 vegan and cruelty-free skincare products through 16,000 brand ambassadors across the UK, who have pivoted online

Oliver Shah, business editor, The Sunday Times led a Q&A, including questions from our guests.

Guests then took part in small, virtual breakout discussion groups, sharing their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic.

All companies on the league table received an award certificate, and sponsors presented 10 special awards for excellence.

The event was co-hosted by Hamish Stevenson, founder of Fast Track, and by our sponsors, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin, Barclays, BDO, BGF, DHL Express, Charles Russell Speechlys, Heathrow, and The Office Group (TOG); and our media partner The Sunday Times.

Awards

Past guests

James Watt MBE Co-founder & director BrewDog
Daniel Najar Co-founder & chief executive Chi Chi London
Michele Harriman-Smith Chief executive ChildrenSalon
Joanna Jensen Founder & chief executive Childs Farm
Nick Grey Founder & chief executive Gtech
Peter Harris Co-founder & development director Hotel Chocolat
Henrietta Morrison Founder & chief executive Lily's Kitchen
Steve Dawson Group CEO & finance director Matchroom Sport
Liz Houghton Co-founder & chief executive Mint Velvet
James Griffith Co-founder & director Mous
Humphrey Cobbold Chief executive PureGym
Tina Warner-Keogh Co-founder & managing director Warner's Distillery

Past speakers

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