Fast Track 100

10 Fast Track Ones to Watch / 10 Disruptors to Watch

Fast Track researches and compiles two sub-tables, published in our Fast Track 100 supplement with The Sunday Times, featuring promising private British companies from a cross-section of industries that do not qualify for the main league table but deserve special recognition. The 10 Fast Track Ones to Watch features companies that are set to grow rapidly; and the 10 Disruptors to Watch focuses on companies with the potential to disrupt their market.

The 10 finalists for each programme are selected by a judging panel and are featured in the Sunday Times supplement. Their senior directors are also invited to the awards event, where they receive a certificate, with one overall winner presented with an award.

Ones to Watch

The 10 Fast Track Ones to Watch showcases a cross-section of companies that fall short of the strict criteria for the main league table, but which are set to grow rapidly in the future. The research takes into account factors such as past sales, growth forecasts, international expansion and external investment.

This year’s judging panel included Fast Track’s founder, Hamish Stevenson.

Past winners include the burger chain Five Guys, which has achieved rapid growth, and Loungers, the café and bar operator which floated; and last year’s winner WhiteHat, the innovative apprenticeship service.

This year’s 10 Fast Track Ones to Watch was published in the Fast Track 100 supplement in The Sunday Times on the 6 December; and the overall winner will be presented with an award sponsored by Virgin at the Fast Track 100 awards event in May.

Company HQ location Year end Sales £000s Staff Founded
AllplantsVegan meal delivery North London Aug 20 *5,254 105 2016
BrandfuelCreative design agency Central London May 20 *31,314 59 2005
First Response GroupFacilities services provider Leeds Jul 20 *18,598 300 2007
KwickScreenHealthcare partition manufacturer West London Mar 20 *1,943 45 2009
Lucy & YakFashion retailer Barnsley Jul 20 *9,706 85 2017
Parsley BoxReady-meal producer Edinburgh Dec 19 †*8,173 44 2017
Pasta EvangelistsPasta kit delivery service North London May 20 *4,083 62 2016
PatchOnline gardening store Southwest London Dec 19 *5,251 38 2015
The Cheeky PandaSustainable tissue products Central London Jun 20 *5,782 31 2016
Transcend PackagingSustainable packaging manufacturer Caerphilly Dec 19 *2,704 51 2017

* supplied by company   † annualised figure

Disruptors to Watch

The 10 Disruptors to Watch highlights 10 companies with disruptive potential from a cross-section of industries, rather than claiming to identify the 10 companies with the most disruptive potential.

The research takes into account factors such as business model, management team and investor credibility, as well as total funds raised.

Past winners include Babylon Health, the healthcare app company whose investors include the founders of DeepMind, and Graphcore, the chip manufacturer backed by Sequoia Capital and the co-founder of ARM Holdings.

Company HQ Location Disruptive activities
AlphaSightsBusiness information services Central London Connects experienced experts with companies that require their specialist knowledge, challenging the business models of established consultancies and changing top-level corporate decision-making
BlockchainBitcoin wallet provider East London Says its platform hosts 10m “Bitcoin wallets” and services 50% of the digital currency’s global transactions. Secured $31m (£25m) in 2014, which, at the time, was the largest first-round digital currency fundraising
BrewDogBrewery Aberdeenshire Sells its craft beer in more than 60 countries. About 6,000 of its beer-loving investors attended the company’s annual meeting in Aberdeen in April and it has raised £30m from 53,000 “equity punks”
CrowdcubeCrowdfunding platform Exeter More than 10% of the UK’s public equity fundraisings were completed via this crowdsourcing platform in the first half of this year, including challenger bank Monzo, which raised £1m from 1,800 investors in 96 seconds
EcotricityGreen energy supplier Gloucestershire Says it was the world’s first green energy company and that its “electric highway” of 300 charging points at UK service stations is Europe’s largest. It is now pioneering carbon neutral gas production
LendInvestOnline property finance lender Central London Its online finance platform is reinventing the £1.3 trillion mortgage market by cutting completion time to as little as seven days. Has taken a 10% share of the short-term mortgage market
Made.comOnline furniture retailer Central London Raised £50m to develop its pioneering ecommerce model for designer furniture and, with almost 40% of its customers in Europe, it is now expanding its profitable UK business overseas
Notonthehighstreet.comOnline retail marketplace Richmond Has raised £33m to develop its ground-breaking online marketplace, which was launched in 2006 and is now used by more than 5,000 creative small businesses to sell their wares
PureGymGym operator Leeds With more than 800,000 contract-free members, it has taken a 37% share of the value gym sector in just eight years, with its innovative low-cost model and 24/7 gyms
TransferWiseCurrency transfer platform East London Says its faster, more transparent currency exchange system handles more than £800m each month and saves customers £1m in fees every day. Valued at more than $1bn after raising $117m