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
AstonishVegan cleaning products manufacturer Bradford May 13 2,087 13,636 58 1997
ATG MediaOnline auctioneering portal Central London Sep 13 3,319 10,990 76 1971
Brompton BicycleBicycle manufacturer West London Mar 14 2,923 21,262 147 1976
CLC GroupPainting & maintenance contractor Southampton Dec 13 6,318 82,996 809 1969
iCandy WorldPushchair manufacturer Bedfordshire Mar 14 3,199 14,128 36 1933
MNCMedia advertising agency Central London Dec 13 4,227 30,316 13 1997
Nails IncNail bar operator Central London Jun 13 2,937 21,894 408 1999
OKA DirectSoft furnishing retailer Oxfordshire Jan 14 2,095 19,930 148 1999
Planet XBike manufacturer and retailer Rotherham Mar 14 1,942 12,818 50 1990
SigmatexCarbon fibre textile manufacturer Cheshire Dec 13 3,171 51,812 173 1986
The Monarch PartnershipUtility cost consultancy Surrey Mar 14 5,919 8,168 58 1987
Usbourne PublishingChildren's book publisher Central London Jan 14 8,819 46,780 198 1973

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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 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.