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|
|Academy MusicMusic venue operator||SW London||Sep 05||3,477||17,469||154||1997|
|AD GroupCCTV systems maker||Warrington||Jun 05||17,159||84,381||570||1997|
|BarracudaManaged pub operator||Marlow||Sep 05||17,396||108,812||3,300||2000|
|BezierIn-store marketing agency||Wakefield||Apr 05||7,190||50,470||545||1998|
|Bibendum PLB GroupWine importer and distributor||North London||Mar 05||3,452||55,108||98||1982|
|Clarke EnergyGas-powered generator supplier||Liverpool||Oct 05||5,213||81,283||273||1977|
|Cormar CarpetsCarpet manufacturer||Lancashire||Sep 05||5,734||58,193||236||1956|
|Danwood GroupOffice equipment supplier||Lincoln||Sep 05||7,417||84,887||752||1971|
|JJ Food ServiceFood distributor||Enfield||Apr 05||4,600||71,648||483||1988|
|Park ResortsCaravan park operator||Hemel Hempstead||Mar 04||22,689||127,625||1,204||2001|
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To be one of the fastest-growing companies in the South East is testament to our strategy and the quality of our team Clive Lucking, co-founder & CEO, Fourfront Group
Profit Track helped raise Dr Martens’ profile at a critical time of its development David Suddens, former CEO, Dr Martens
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
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.