Profit Track 100

10 Profit Track Ones to Watch

The 10 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 based on factors such as:

  • Resilience in the face of the pandemic
  • Strong current or forecast profit growth
  • The business model and sales growth
  • Experience of the management team
  • Investor credibility and funds raised

This year’s 10 Profit Track Ones to Watch was judged by BDO, Fast Track, and David Buttress, UK co-founder & former CEO of Just Eat and partner at 83North VC (see bio below). The 10 finalists were due to be featured in the 21st annual Profit Track 100 supplement on 5 April. Given the pandemic we delayed publication in order to liaise with the featured companies. Three companies asked to withdraw, with the remaining seven published in a special Profit Track Covid-19 supplement in The Sunday Times on 26 April.

An overall winner was presented with an award at the Profit Track awards event on 15 October.

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

* supplied by company

Chairman of the judges

David Buttress, UK co-founder & former CEO, Just Eat; partner at 83North VC

Just Eat - David ButtressDavid 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.

He stepped down from the board in 2018. Just East merged with Takeaway.com in 2020, and the combined group is valued at £14bn.

David is a partner at VC firm 83North, which invested in merchant services firm iZettle, sold to PayPal in 2018 for $2.2bn. He is also an angel investor in start-ups, including homecare services firm Cera, which was a 10 Tech Track Ones to Watch in 2020.