Profit Track 100

The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing profits over their latest three years. It is compiled by Fast Track and published as a supplement in The Sunday Times each April, with a national awards event in October and alumni dinners throughout the year.

The 21st annual Profit Track 100 supplement was due out on 5 April. Given the pandemic, we delayed publication in order to liaise with the featured companies.

With their support we published a special Profit Track Covid-19 edition on 26 April, sponsored by Santander and UBS. Out of the original 100 companies that qualified, 70 explicitly asked to be featured, and 30 did not want to be included.

We hope this special edition recognises the impressive past performance of all these companies, their contribution to the economy and role in paying the taxes that help fund vital public services, such as the NHS, as well as their responses to the pandemic.

The closing date for nominations for the 2021 league table is 7 February 2021, with publication in late April 2021.

Profit Track 100 entry criteria

The closing date for nominations for the 2021 league table is 7 February 2021, with publication in late April 2021.

  • UK registered, unquoted, and not subsidiaries
  • Profits of at least £500,000 in the base year (2016 or 2017)
  • Profits of at least £3m in the latest year (2019 or 2020)
  • Profits are defined as operating profits before exceptional items
  • Profits must increase in the latest year, from 2018 to 2019, or 2019 to 2020
  • Trading weeks in the base and latest years have to exceed 25
  • Excluded companies include pure property and financial trading companies, and those with restricted accounts; companies that are equal joint ventures, or majority-owned by quoted or other companies
  • Companies that do not meet the criteria can still be considered for the Ones to Watch programme. This is a selection of companies that have either achieved, or predict, good profit growth
  • We reserve the right to change the qualification criteria set out above and to make exceptions. This is not a competition; the compiler’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

Types of company

Total sales

£20m - £350m

Total profits

£3m - £40m

Average 3 year profit growth

45% - 160% pa

Staff

20 - 1,000

Alumni success stories

First featured with profits of £11m. Floated in September 2020 valued at £5.4bn
First featured with profits of £8m. Sold a 21% stake to General Atlantic in 2020 valuing it at $1.45bn
First featured with profits of £24m, profits of £1bn on sales of £4bn in 2018