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 OBE Co-founder & chairman Charles Tyrwhitt
Colin Evans Founder & chairman Collinson
Matthew Streets Managing partner Foster + Partners
Jason Bannister Founder & executive chairman Oak Furniture Land
Mark Whitworth Chief executive Peel Ports Group
Bill Robertson CBE DL Founder & executive chairman Robertson
Emma Lancaster Chief executive Study Group
Jerome Castaing Co-founder & NED Sushi Daily
James Timpson OBE Chief executive Timpson
Baroness Karren Brady CBE Vice-chairman West Ham United

Past speakers

John Eckbert, chief executive, Five Guys
Clare Gilmartin, chief executive, Trainline
Mike Logue, chief executive, Dreams