Electricals & Appliances E-commerce Insights

Electricals & Appliances E-commerce Insights

Electricals & Appliances E-commerce

Explore the fastest growing UK Electricals & Appliances e-commerce companies over the last 27 years!

By analysing the Fast Track 100 data, which ranks the UK’s top 100 fastest-growing private companies each year, we’ve seen how “Electricals & Appliances” e-commerce has changed from 1997 to 2024.

Key Insights:

  1. Mobile phone retailers are the largest sub-group making up 33% of the ‘Electricals & Appliances’ companies listed in the Fast Track 100 (1997-2024).
  2. Three companies have been in the list three times: Expansys (2004-06), LSE Retail Group (2014-16) and One Retail Group (2018-20).
  3. Carphone Warehouse (1997-98), Ecoflow (1999-2000), Microline (2005-06), AO.com (2007-08),  Buymobilephones.net (2010-11) and Mobile Phones Direct (2015-16).
Award YearRankNameActivityLocationSales £000sGrowth
199739Carphone WarehouseMobile phone retailerNorthwest London64,50695.75%
199869Carphone WarehouseMobile phone retailerNorthwest London107,37174.36%
199923EcoflowMagnetic device retailerCornwall3,967107.42%
199926Value DirectElectrical goods retailerOxfordshire3,389105.15%
200062The Mobile Phone StoreMobile phone retailerMerseyside19,20081.37%
200090EcoflowMagnetic device retailerCornwall6,25071.33%
200410ExpansysElectronics retailerManchester12,579165.74%
20057ExpansysElectronics retailerManchester22,869155.44%
200518MicrolineMobile phone retailerMiddlesex9,879110.05%
20068MicrolineMobile phone retailerMiddlesex22,006181.20%
200657ExpansysElectronics retailerManchester35,65482.13%
20077Flat TV CompanyElectrical goods retailerOxford5,731162.59%
200770AO.comHousehold appliance supplierBolton52,84673.10%
200828AO.comHousehold appliance supplierBolton80,98299.56%
20101Buymobilephones.netMobile phone retailerDerbyshire24,538340.15%
201170Buymobilephones.netMobile phone retailerDerbyshire30,96257.69%
201415LSE Retail GroupLighting retailerManchester6,771120.17%
201516Mobile Phones DirectMobile phone retailerBerkshire63,581101.35%
201524LSE Retail GroupLighting retailerManchester10,25288.70%
201635Mobile Phones DirectMobile phone retailerBerkshire79,25385.15%
201651LSE Retail GroupLighting retailerManchester14,18166.67%
20187One Retail GroupConsumer products retailerNorthwest London13,970141.53%
201811Velocity OutletElectronics retailerCambridge13,269134.32%
201911One Retail GroupConsumer products retailerNorthwest London25,420136.64%
202019One Retail GroupConsumer products retailerNorth London39,17787.80%
202072TechnoworldComputer retailerNorthwest London84,43445.13%
2022100Powertool WorldPower tools and accessories retailerNortheast35,39042.85%

Want to learn more about the Rise of E-commerce in the UK

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Britain's fastest growing private companies from 1997-2024

What is the Fast Track 100?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each December. It ran from 1997 to 2020, until 30th June 2021 when the Fast Track company was closed down due to the Covid-19 pandemic causing too much uncertainty over continued sponsorship. 

In 2022, The Sunday Times announced it was restarted the Fast Track 100. It is branded as – The Sunday Times Hundred 2022.

A typical Fast Track 100 company:

  • is owned and run by entrepreneurs
  • has between 20 and 500 staff
  • has average 3 year sales growth ranging between 45% and 250% pa
  • has sales ranging between £5m and £100m
  • 25% of the companies have venture capital backing

Fast Track 100 League Tables 1997-2024

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