SME Export Track 100

The Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 ranks Britain’s 100 small and medium-sized (SME) companies with the fastest-growing international sales over the latest two years. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times, with an invitation-only awards dinner.

The league table will not be published in 2020.

SME Export Track 100 Entry Criteria

Total sales less than £25m

  • UK registered, unquoted, and not subsidiaries
  • International sales of at least £150,000 in the base year (2016 or 2017)
  • International sales of at least 20% of total sales in the latest year (2018 or 2019)
  • Total sales of between £5m and £25m in the latest year (2018 or 2019)
  • Year-on-year international sales growth in the latest year from 2017 to 2018, or 2018 to 2019
  • Operating profit must be positive in the latest year (2018 or 2019)
  • Ten or more employees in the latest year (2018 or 2019)
  • Trading weeks in the base and latest years have to exceed 25
  • Recruitment firms, payroll services providers and media agencies are required to have gross profits of at least £5m. Sales for recruitment and payroll firms are the total amount invoiced to clients; media agencies’ sales are net of advertising spend on behalf of clients
  • Excluded companies include LLPs, pure property and financial trading companies; companies that are equal joint ventures, or majority-owned by quoted or other companies
  • We reserve the right to change the qualification criteria set out above and to make exceptions. This is not a competition; the compiler’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

Types of company

Total sales

£5m - £25m

Exports

£1m - £20m

Average 2 year int'l sales growth

35% - 300% pa

Staff

10 - 400

Alumni success stories

Sold in August 2015 to US vitamin retailer NBTY, for £55m, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group
Sold by Living Bridge in August 2015 to Japanese sportswear brand Descente for an undisclosed sum
Floated on AIM in 2018 for £217m and is now valued at £906m