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
COOKFrozen food manufacturer Kent Mar 16 2,540 45,056 746 1997
Doves Farm FoodsSpecialist flour miller Berkshire Jun 16 *2,867 *17,278 71 1978
GrippleEngineering device manufacturer Sheffield Dec 15 4,632 48,646 443 1989
GuestlineHospitality software developer Shrewsbury Nov 15 3,348 11,221 121 1991
Hague Print MediaPrint solutions provider West Yorkshire Dec 15 3,588 16,168 47 1980
Molecular Products GroupAir purification technology Essex Mar 16 2,035 22,672 129 1973
Quiz ClothingFashion retailer Glasgow Mar 16 *5,683 *87,375 1,239 1994
Racing PostRacing publisher Central London Dec 15 12,795 56,114 275 1986
SydenhamsBuilders' merchant Bournemouth Mar 16 5,930 60,929 402 1874
Team17Computer games developer West Yorkshire Dec 16 *5,200 *13,400 100 1990

* 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.