The 14th annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 awards dinner was held on 20 November 2018 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

The 263 guests included the founders, chairmen, CEOs and FDs of the featured companies. Guest speakers were Martina King, chief executive of Featurespace, and Mike Logue, chief executive of Dreams. John Eckbert, UK chief executive of Five Guys, spoke at a pre-dinner roundtable discussion.

Each company received a certificate, and Oliver Shah, business editor of The Sunday Times, presented the top company award to The Watches of Switzerland Group, which has grown its operating profits 36% to £37m in 2018, on sales of £685m.

Past guests

Colin Tenwick Non-exec chairman Addison Lee
Margaret Mountford Chairman Argent Group
Nick Wheeler Founder & chairman Charles Tyrwhitt
Matthew Streets Managing partner Foster + Partners
Mike Parsons Non-exec director McCarthy & Stone
Mark Whitworth Chief executive Peel Ports Group
Jason Bannister Founder & managing director Oak Furniture Land
Larry Billett Senior board member Pret A Manger
Bill Robertson CBE DL Founder & executive chairman Robertson
Emma Lancaster Chief financial officer Study Group
Will Kernan Former chief executive The White Company
Jon White Managing director, UK Turner & Townsend

Past speakers

Andy Rubin, executive director, Pentland Group
Mark Constantine OBE, co-founder & managing director, Lush
Clare Gilmartin, chief executive Trainline