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
AgriProteinInsect-based animal feeds Southwest London Supported by eight years of research and development, and more than $18m in funding, it says its insect-based animal feeds provide a more sustainable, cost-effective alternative to the current over-reliance on products such as fishmeal
Babylon HealthMobile healthcare app Central London Aims to make healthcare more accessible through its AI-driven app, which allows users including NHS patients in London – to check symptoms and consult GPs; raised $60m in April, putting its value at about $200m
CMR SurgicalSurgical robotics developer Cambridge Is launching low-cost, portable surgical robots to replace expensive and large machines used by hospitals, and estimates it will make keyhole surgery more accessible to 7m patients a year — it has raised $46m
GrowUp Urban FarmsSustainable agriculture developer East London Plans to make food supply chains more sustainable with salad crops grown in water enriched by waste from fish farmed on site. It has developed a prototype farm capable of supplying 20 tons of greens and 4 tons of fish a year
Ieso Digital HealthOnline mental health therapy Cambridge Aims to change how therapy for common mental health conditions is delivered; expects to cut treatment times and costs for 20,000 NHS patients by the end of 2017 through its online therapy rooms. It has raised £18m
MonzoMobile banking app Central London Aims to help 1bn people better manage their finances with its app-only current account; raised £71m in November, gaining a valuation of £280m, and is planning one of the UK’s largest crowdfunding campaigns next year
Social ChainSocial media agency Manchester Its digital publishing model is changing how brands engage with people on social media, by selling advertising across its portfolio of 400 online communities to 386m viewers. The average age of its 105 employees is 22
TRXTelevision rights marketplace Central London Its online marketplace for television rights aims to capture more than 20% of a largely offline $5bn market, with distributors such as BBC Worldwide signing up to sell content to more than 500 buyers; it has raised £10.8m
what3wordsGeographic location platform developer West London Aims to provide a more precise alternative to numerical postcodes for industries such as logistics by dividing the world into 57 trillion three-metre squares, each assigned a three-word code; has raised £15m
ZegoPay-as-you-go insurance Central London Its pay-as-you-go insurance for gig economy workers at the likes of Deliveroo is an alternative to annual cover. It has insured drivers for 1.4m hours since August 2016, and raised £6m last month to launch overseas