The Profit Track Ones to Watch represents the best of the rest of the companies whose profit growth falls just short of the main league table, but who have shown good profit growth in the past and are set to grow rapidly in the future. All shortlisted companies are visited by the Fast Track research team and assessed for inclusion.
|Company||HQ Location||Year end||Profits £000||Sales £000||Staff||Founded|
|Beds and BarsHostel and bar operator||Central London||Mar-18||2,784||51,936||625||1960|
|Burry & KnightConglomerate||Christchurch, Dorset||Sep-18||4,685||20,325||146||1955|
|ExclaimerEmail-signature software developer||Farnborough||Sep-18||*4,579||*9,645||61||2003|
|Ion ScienceGas detection manufacturer||Hertfordshire||Dec-18||*2,927||*14,832||100||1989|
|NRG Fleet ServicesTruck fleet management||Skelmersdale||Sep-18||6,277||86,312||411||1996|
|OE ElectricsSoft wiring manufacturer||Wakefield||Mar-18||3,420||19,467||195||1986|
|Speciality DrinksAlcoholic drinks wholesaler/retailer||Northwest London||Jun-18||12,289||67,535||220||1999|
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Profit Track 100 is the ultimate benchmark for success in business and we're proud to be recognised as one of the companies to watch in 2019 Chris Maybin, business development director, Speciality Drinks
We are delighted with our win as it recognises the sustained and continuous growth of the ACE Winches organization in a tough economic climate Alfie Cheyne, founder & CEO, ACE Winches
Being selected as one of the 10 to watch was pretty awesome, but to be actually winning the top award is beyond words Robin Totterman, founder & chief executive, INSPECS
David Buttress, UK co-founder & former CEO, Just Eat; partner at 83North VC
David is an entrepreneur and angel investor who launched online takeaway ordering service Just Eat in the UK in 2006. It featured on our Tech Track 100 in 2011 with sales of just £18.8m; and David led the business from 2013 to 2017, overseeing several major UK and international acquisitions, such as Hungryhouse in the UK, and its £1.5bn IPO in 2014.
Just Eat is now valued at c.£5.3bn. David stepped down from the board last year. In 2014, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Investor Allstars Awards.
He is a partner at VC firm 83North, which invested in merchant services firm iZettle, sold to PayPal in 2018 for $2.2bn.
David is an angel investor in start-ups, including homecare services firm Cera, which raised $17m in Series A in 2018.