Profit Track Ones to Watch

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
BenRiach DistilleryWhisky distillery Edinburgh Dec 09 3,732 15,072 32 2004
CPL AromasFragrance designer and maker Hertfordshire Mar 10 6,494 47,179 302 1971
DDD GroupPharmaceutical manufacturer Watford Dec 09 3,175 33,294 217 1912
Dr MartensShoe manufacturer and retailer Northamptonshire Mar 10 8,618 82,917 264 1960
HTIToy manufacturer and distributor Lancashire Mar 10 5,645 66,190 172 1952
Icon LiveFashion accessories supplier West Sussex Feb 10 †5,419 †87,301 1,687 2002
Metaswitch NetworksCommunications technology provider Enfield Aug 10 8,093 82,400 523 1981
RaynerOptician and intraocular lens maker Buckinghamshire Dec 09 6,782 47,003 885 1910
Sheffield ForgemastersSteel manufacturer Sheffield Jun 10 9,483 104,831 797 2003
Zuma GroupRestaurateur Central London Dec 09 11,000 42,000 1,000 2002

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Chairman of the judges

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.