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
Air Charter ServiceAircraft charter broker Kingston Upon Thames Jan 09 3,391 130,897 98 1990
Ambassador Theatre GroupTheatre operator Woking Sep 08 1,109 63,732 1,105 1992
Blue IncClothing retailer East London Dec 08 1,115 31,873 562 1912
Bordeaux IndexFine wine merchant Central London Dec 08 2,610 56,716 34 1996
EakinMedical device manufacturer County Down Mar 09 14,288 29,838 201 1974
Moonpig.comOnline greeting card retailer Central London Apr 09 6,844 20,906 65 1999
Outdoor PlusOutdoor advertising provider Central London Dec 08 5,097 15,203 10 2003
PKL GroupCatering equipment provider Cheltenham Apr 09 8,897 34,506 112 1988
PowerFilm producer and distributor Central London Mar 09 9,633 32,155 35 1995
TRAC GroupComponent engineer Wolverhampton Jun 09 4,677 29,831 281 2002

* 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.