Profit Track 100
Rank Company Location Year end % annual profit growth Latest profits £000 Latest sales £000 Staff Comment
1 Direct Healthcare GroupMedical device supplier Caerphilly Dec 20 133.11% †*7,116 †*61,733 300 Made four acquisitions in 2020 and two in 2021, including in Sweden and Holland
2 Plan.comSoftware and communications provider Isle of Man Sep 19 125.18% *7,103 *57,260 91 Has provided hardware and connectivity to underprivileged children in 75 schools to support home learning
3 iPulseHair removal technology Swansea Dec 19 122.87% 7,332 48,419 104 Sells its SmoothSkin range of hair removal devices in more than 30 countries
4 The Knowledge AcademyTraining provider Bracknell Mar 20 105.62% 9,568 39,460 195 Offers 30,000 courses across 1,000 locations, and counts Google, Tesla and the BBC among its clients
5 HSNFBeauty and food products retailer North London Jun 20 102.33% *6,269 *27,809 52 Has prioritised orders containing essentials such as food and hand sanitiser during the pandemic
6 Red IndustriesWaste management services Newcastle-under-Lyme Dec 19 88.86% 5,947 41,663 240 Manages 76.8 million kilos of waste annually for clients including FTSE 100 companies
7 Burhill GroupGolf club and leisure venue operator West London Dec 19 88.55% 9,918 48,559 851 Its sale of the Manor of Bosham in Chichester included 800 moorings and the title “Lord of the Manor”
8 Fullers FoodsFrozen food supplier Leeds Jan 20 85.74% 9,194 287,083 53 Started out in 1876 with a fruit-and-veg barrow in Leeds market and now has 120 factories across 12 countries
9 ConexpoQuarrying and aggregate supply Belfast Dec 19 82.06% 3,387 25,597 39 Its £5 million Belfast harbour facility can produce 6,000 tonnes of precision-sized stone every day
10 G2V Recruitment GroupRecruitment consultancy Central London Mar 20 80.59% 7,256 85,677 250 Has 13 offices across the UK, Europe and America, including in Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Miami
11 CroudDigital marketing agency Central London Mar 20 80.07% ‡*4,657 *20,044 188 Its network of more than 2,400 on-demand experts, or “Croudies”, covers 118 countries and 86 languages
12 ExcoolData centre cooling Worcestershire Mar 20 80.03% 4,627 26,207 157 Installed its 1,000th cooling unit in a Frankfurt data centre in July last year
13 TechnoworldOnline computer retailer Northwest London Sep 20 79.80% *9,025 *84,434 24 Set up four new warehouses last year after demand for its computer products increased
14 ToughsheetPlastics recycling group Bolton Mar 20 79.62% 7,967 16,749 75 Has increased production by 15 per cent during the pandemic
15 MoneypennyOutsourced communications provider Wrexham Dec 19 79.58% †7,035 †36,146 722 Handles more than 20 million calls and webchats a year for 21,000 businesses across the UK and US
16 Ardent Hire SolutionsPlant hire and sale North London Mar 20 79.57% 4,719 62,141 285 Gave JCB its largest ever single UK order for telescopic handlers in 2019, worth £75 million
17 Start FitnessSports goods retailer Northumberland Jul 20 79.25% 5,745 29,727 79 This Northumberland group produces its own sports clothing line, More Mile, which it launched in 2011
18 Panorama AntennasAntenna manufacturer South London Dec 19 79.22% 3,651 22,195 91 Opened a French subsidiary in 2018 to help mitigate Brexit, adding another in Singapore a year later
19 Oh PollyOnline fashion retailer Glasgow Apr 20 78.31% *4,211 *39,662 209 Provided 6,000 facemasks to Cambodians associated with its charity in the country
20 VetPartnersVeterinary practices group York Jun 20 76.90% 45,026 339,732 5,236 Doubled its presence in Italy in January after expanding into France last year
21 Buy It DirectOnline retailer Huddersfield Mar 20 76.83% 8,442 295,491 693 Created more than 100 new jobs last year as sales to March 2021 reached more than £400 million
22 CH&Co GroupCatering group Reading Dec 19 76.56% †22,788 †408,280 10,267 Provided catering services to the Nightingale Hospital Harrogate and the Dragon’s Heart in Cardiff
23 Lusso StoneBathroom supplier Middlesbrough Sep 20 74.62% *6,806 *16,667 16 Its baths, sinks and showers can be found in high-end hotels such as Claridge’s in Mayfair
24 Victorian PlumbingOnline bathroom retailer West Lancashire Sep 20 74.33% 25,993 209,902 369 Created 80 jobs last year after lockdown home renovations led to a surge in demand
25 General TrafficVehicle parts retailer Bolton Dec 19 73.79% 3,858 39,074 449 Has a fleet of 230 delivery vehicles to guarantee car parts are delivered to garages within the hour
26 Stonewood GroupHousebuilder and construction contractor Wiltshire Sep 19 73.09% 3,821 44,534 169 Opening an Exeter office after winning a contract for a new museum in Cornwall
27 Easy BathroomsBathroom retailer West Yorkshire Nov 20 72.95% *6,199 *46,548 440 Intends to open a total of 27 outlets this year, and has created up to 300 jobs since the pandemic’s start
28 MivanSpecialist construction services County Antrim Dec 19 72.58% 4,323 36,573 197 Appointed to fit out the interior of the REV Ocean, the world's most advanced research vessel
29 Score GroupEngineering services provider Aberdeenshire Sep 19 72.08% 12,882 238,700 1,847 Became shirt sponsor of Scottish league one team Peterhead Football Club in November
30 Northwood CompaniesHygiene product manufacturer Shropshire Dec 19 70.46% 3,916 105,832 321 Invested in machinery to allow it to produce 200,000 surgical masks daily in Spain
31 Thatchers CiderCider producer Somerset Aug 19 70.38% 11,922 106,638 284 Has donated alcohol-free cider to frontline workers during the coronavirus crisis
32 Europa Worldwide GroupLogistics provider Dartford Dec 19 69.59% 5,422 205,726 925 Opened a new £60 million, 715,000 sq ft warehouse in Corby on time in June 2020 despite the pandemic
33 Task Consumer ProductsToilet paper manufacturer Wolverhampton Dec 19 69.31% 3,805 52,695 90 Its sixth 24/7 production line entered service in 2020, increasing capacity to 80,000 tons of paper a year
34 Belgrade InsulationsInsulation supplier West Yorkshire Feb 20 69.18% 3,008 54,659 124 It is hiring to expand its sales team in Glasgow
35 One Retail GroupOnline retailer North London Dec 19 66.97% 5,671 39,160 17 Dispatches more than 4,000 orders a day to customers in 60 countries
36 Gael Force GroupMarine equipment manufacturer Inverness Dec 19 66.30% 3,074 41,903 252 Opened its first overseas base in Canada in 2019 and plans to expand into Scandinavia
37 SerifGraphics software developer Nottingham Dec 19 65.50% 10,552 19,641 74 Has provided free trials and 50 per cent discounts to help creative workers affected by the pandemic
38 OakfieldMeat importer and wholesaler Hertfordshire Dec 19 64.38% 5,396 196,031 53 Distributes lamb from Australasia, beef from South America and cooked poultry from Thailand
39 Prime GroupIT and engineering consultancy West London Dec 19 63.66% 10,467 73,546 1,495 Operates principally in Portugal and offers IT services, including outsourcing and software development
40 Dartmouth Global TradingMetal recycling firm Dudley Dec 19 61.26% 6,057 21,429 55 This family firm specialises in recovering metal from the ash at the bottom of incinerators
41 VernacareHealthcare products manufacturer Lancashire Mar 20 60.88% 4,614 63,398 273 Its needles allow health authorities to get 20 per cent more out of each vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
42 EU AutomationMachine parts supplier Stafford Mar 20 60.17% 8,569 66,136 237 Opened a distribution centre in Frankfurt to mitigate against the impact of Brexit
43 Northern Gas and PowerEnergy management consultancy Gateshead Dec 20 59.71% *28,535 *66,597 700 Has offices in Leeds, Paris and Texas, and technology hubs in Malta and India
44 Sykes Holiday CottagesHoliday cottage rental agency Chester Sep 20 57.63% ‡†*34,399 †*92,029 800 Summer holiday searches on its website in January were up 129 per cent year-on-year
45 Revolution BeautyBeauty products retailer Kent Dec 19 57.02% *17,264 *152,428 205 Collaborated with Warner Brothers last year on a collection inspired by US sitcom Friends
46 St Pierre GroupeBakery group Manchester Dec 19 55.51% 8,927 88,898 35 Donated more than $1 million worth of its bakery products in the UK and America during the pandemic
47 XceptorAutomation software Central London Jul 20 55.50% 10,543 27,003 116 Automates complex business processes for global clients, including HSBC and Standard Chartered
48 GymsharkOnline fitness clothing brand Solihull Jul 20 55.40% 30,585 260,674 377 Sold a 21 per cent stake to US investor General Atlantic in August, valuing it at more than £1 billion
49 disguiseLive event technology provider Central London Dec 19 54.13% 3,406 34,642 90 Its technology has been used to insert people into virtual worlds, such as the game Fortnite
50 Character.comOnline merchandise retailer Swansea Jul 19 53.85% 3,472 27,773 51 Donated £3 to NHS charities from every Paw Patrol key workers T-shirt it sold
51 GoodstuffMedia agency Central London Dec 19 52.77% 3,253 126,896 110 The AA, ITV and Yorkshire Tea are among the brands this London agency delivers media campaigns for
52 GPS MarineMarine services provider Rochester, Kent Dec 19 52.77% 5,293 21,446 101 Its work moving excavated spoils and cargo for the Thames Tideway tunnel helped boost profits
53 TicketerBus ticketing and software Berkshire Aug 19 52.36% †4,618 †22,635 79 Its electronic ticketing devices are used by passengers on buses, trams and trains across the UK
54 Tropic SkincareBeauty products manufacturer South London Jun 20 52.31% *10,738 *51,325 234 Produced 50,000 conditioning hand sanitisers and 20,000 ”calm balms” for key workers
55 Junkyard Golf ClubCrazy golf course operator Manchester Mar 20 51.70% *4,855 *17,053 265 Temporarily closed sites due to national and local lockdowns
56 ustwoDigital product and games studio Central London Dec 19 51.23% 5,229 35,085 215 Its Body Coach app, created for Joe Wicks, launched in December
57 Ed SheeranSinger-songwriter Central London Dec 19 50.55% 36,368 48,121 2 Benefited from the release of the musician’s fourth album, No.6 Collaborations Project
58 Acorn InsuranceSpecialist motor insurer Liverpool Dec 19 50.18% 40,787 84,326 859 Specialises in niche motor insurance, covering areas of the market avoided by traditional insurers
59 SabioContact centre technology provider Central London Sep 19 49.47% 10,455 89,173 447 Made four acquisitions in 2020, despite the pandemic and all staff working remotely
60 Sabeti Wain AerospaceAircraft furnishings manufacturer High Wycombe Jul 19 48.32% 5,793 23,623 292 Launched a safety hood for airline seats to shield passengers and try to restore confidence in air travel
61 Axle Group HoldingsTyres and auto parts supplier Glasgow Dec 19 47.58% 4,837 170,550 1,495 Its mobile tyre fitters can come to your home and work without face-to-face contact
62 EditecGambling technology and consultancy West London Dec 19 47.22% 17,718 41,296 58 Has remained profitable despite Covid; targeting expansion into South Africa and Kenya in the next 18 months
63 PN DalyUtilities contractor Rochdale Sep 19 47.15% 3,246 60,659 736 Installed electrical infrastructure for the extension of the Manchester Metrolink tram system
64 Moda FurnishingsOutdoor furniture retailer Manchester Oct 20 46.79% *5,897 *23,775 56 Is due to launch a third showroom, in Cheltenham, once restrictions permit
65 Kebbell HomesProperty developer Buckinghamshire Dec 19 46.55% 10,876 51,711 57 After an unexpectedly buoyant 2020, is experiencing soaring demand as stamp duty holiday draws to a close
66 Kite PackagingPackaging supplier Coventry Dec 20 46.37% *14,751 *109,185 300 Is seeing increased demand due to growth in ecommerce and food delivery
67 Lyle & ScottFashion retailer Central London Mar 20 45.88% 14,042 64,419 159 Sponsors Lewes FC, the fan-owned football club which pays its men’s and women’s teams equally
68 ExclaimerEmail signature software developer Hampshire Sep 20 45.83% *5,743 *23,398 127 The royal household is among more than 75 million people in 150 countries using its email signature software
69 Red BoxVoice capture software developer Nottingham Dec 19 44.26% 4,266 20,486 137 Says that it counts more than 70 per cent of the UK’s police forces among its 1,650 customers
70 Brogan GroupConstruction access specialists Hertfordshire Dec 19 43.41% 14,364 48,148 625 Opened a Manchester office in January to support its expansion outside of the southeast of England
71 Aspen PumpsPump manufacturer Eastbourne Dec 19 43.02% 16,843 83,398 210 Private equity firm Inflexion reacquired it in 2019, having previously owned it between 2007 and 2015
72 Nexus UnderwritingUnderwriting agency Central London Dec 19 42.58% ‡14,505 46,612 234 Has a network of more than 700 brokers across offices in Europe, America and Asia
73 Peldon RoseOffice design and construction South London Mar 20 42.55% 5,159 50,014 105 Has refurbished and relocated offices for clients such as Ocado, Pokemon and Miniclip
74 Smart Garden ProductsGarden products supplier Oxfordshire Dec 19 42.53% 4,968 56,308 123 Transferred its showroom online so customers can browse its product catalogue virtually
75 ExcelRedstoneIT infrastructure provider Central London Dec 19 42.50% †8,092 †113,470 694 Has helped firms across the world adapt their IT infrastructure to cope with the pandemic
76 TMC PharmaPharmaceutical development services Hampshire Jun 20 42.39% *3,017 *14,307 28 Ninety per cent of its clients are based overseas, and it has offices in Ireland and Japan
77 HPL MotorsCar dealer Oldham Oct 20 42.22% 4,001 58,901 104 HPL is short for “honesty produces loyalty” and it says more than 50 per cent of sales are to repeat customers
78 Edge Worldwide LogisticsLogistics services broker Salford Jun 20 41.29% 4,214 71,265 62 Has been recruiting during pandemic to cope with increased demand from the ecommerce and food sectors
79 Peter HarringtonRare book seller Central London Dec 19 41.00% 3,380 25,488 40 2021 Love in Literature catalogue includes special editions of works by Sappho, Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde
80 Pets CornerPet food and accessories retailer Crawley Sep 19 40.79% 4,941 60,956 949 Has opened five stores and eight pet spas since the start of the pandemic
81 Corinthian BrandsDrinks manufacturer Harrogate Dec 19 40.64% 3,342 18,953 12 Says trading has remained busy due to demand from wholesalers
82 RSKEnvironmental and engineering services Cheshire Apr 20 40.12% †*8,366 †*282,206 3,468 Is targeting a £1 billion turnover and a headcount of 10,000 by 2025
83 Atlas FMCleaning & security services West London Dec 19 40.11% 7,691 113,706 9,105 Moved staff from hospitality to public sector and manufacturing clients to support enhanced Covid cleaning
84 GH BrooksBuilding supplies retailer Harrogate Sep 19 39.82% †3,319 †19,285 40 Raised over £30,000 for Harrogate’s Saint Michael’s hospice when staff ran the New York marathon
85 ACC AviationAviation services provider Surrey Dec 19 39.49% 9,093 175,899 56 Grew air charter sales by nearly 200 per cent in 2020 despite the pandemic
86 The&PartnershipMarketing communications group Central London Dec 19 39.33% 15,245 630,046 795 Created an ad campaign for Toyota showing how UK Olympians were adapting to lockdown
87 Ground ControlOutdoor services provider Essex Mar 20 39.32% 13,999 122,856 433 Has a fleet of more than 140 vehicles, including 100-plus Teslas
88 CanaganPet food supplier Buckinghamshire Mar 20 39.16% *7,013 *35,109 27 Sells high-end pet food through independent retailers in more than 45 countries
89 Globus GroupPPE manufacturer Manchester May 20 37.57% 7,064 60,029 244 Opened a new 72,000 sq ft PPE factory in Warrington in October
90 Cooper Turner BeckIndustrial fastener manufacturer Sheffield Dec 19 37.19% †*12,547 †*135,637 1,142 Deemed an essential manufacturer more than a century after it made rivets for battleships
91 CG Fry & SonHousebuilder Dorchester Dec 19 36.78% 11,114 95,193 178 Has built more than 600 homes in Poundbury, the Dorset model town championed by the Prince of Wales
92 Global MerchandisingMerchandise supplier West London Dec 19 36.60% 7,126 68,672 63 Sells t-shirts and other memorabilia to fans of George Ezra, Little Mix and Motörhead
93 GTS Flexible MaterialsFlexible materials manufacturer Gwent Nov 19 36.46% 3,904 15,715 74 Produces 4 million sq m of laminated composites and adhesive coated tapes annually
94 Kids PlanetNursery operator Cheshire Mar 20 36.16% 4,565 33,333 1,397 In February it won a contract to operate Oxford University’s five nurseries
95 Tenth Revolution GroupRecruitment consultancy Newcastle-upon-Tyne Nov 19 35.76% 14,227 297,127 1,852 Opened a new office in Geneva in January 2021, its 21st
96 UinsureInsurance provider Manchester Jan 20 34.24% ‡*3,912 *17,768 44 Ran a cashback scheme on insurance policies for NHS workers from April to September 2020
97 Real Digital InternationalCommunication and packaging services Croydon Dec 20 33.99% *4,948 *14,490 80 Clients include Vitality, O2, Pets at Home and the NHS, for which it distributes bowel cancer testing kits
98 BromptonBicycle manufacturer West London Mar 20 33.65% 5,977 57,044 389 Demand for its handmade folding bikes shot up during the pandemic
99 Bond InternationalTyre wholesaler East Yorkshire Dec 19 33.56% 8,026 181,083 400 Plans to open two new UK depots this year
100 SimarcoLogistics services provider Essex Dec 19 33.41% 3,261 63,003 332 Delivers 250,000 consignments to 40 destinations across Europe every year