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:

  • 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
BGL GroupInsurance intermediary Peterborough Jun 06 25,593 154,331 2,112 1992
Deb GroupSkincare product maker Derbyshire Dec 05 8,439 71,010 644 1941
Euro Car PartsCar parts retailer Wembley Dec 05 4,143 68,610 688 1978
Holloway White AllomConstruction firm Central London Dec 05 4,275 49,875 204 1882
Huntress Group LimitedRecruitment agency Central London Dec 05 33,778 52,756 1,662 2000
Letts FilofaxDiary publisher Midlothian Jan 06 8,927 56,496 540 2000
MaceConstruction project manager Central London Dec 06 13,664 372,460 1,957 1990
Radley & CoFashion accessories maker Central London Apr 06 4,844 41,044 179 1975
The MillVisual effects studio Central London Dec 05 6,057 32,535 238 1990
Zenith LeasedriveVehicle lessor Leeds Mar 06 3,607 60,761 83 2014

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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.