The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

1999 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 1999?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 1999 over their latest three years.  To find out more about the research  and to view all the league tables from 1997 to 2023 click here

Sunday Times Fast Track 100 - Full 1999 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1Drive AssistCar lessorTamworth1998209.94%35,843100Provides cars for accident victims and recovers costs from insurers
2Phoenix Relocation ServicesRelocation servicesHampshire1998200.56%21,31447Takes the stress out of moving house for company staff
3The Iron Bed CompanyBed manufacturerChichester1998174.24%5,37895Sells its beds using risqué advertisements in Sunday supplements
4Ram ComputersComputer assemblerManchester1998170.48%6,34730Manchester maths whizz kid builds computer business from bedroom
5Progressive Computer RecruitmentRecruitment agencySouth-west London1998158.44%58,840150£50m venture capital deal values enlarged group at more than £300m
6Axon GroupIT consultancySurrey1998146.20%20,024175Listed on London Stock Exchange in March 1999 with £100m valuation
7QuestusTelecoms consultancySurrey1998141.12%3,93824Virtual network of consultants cover European market
8Olympian ConsultancyRecruitment agencyWest Sussex1998128.71%18,490108Founder's Olympic gold medal in hockey forms basis of brand
9ConnectologyIT consultancyOxfordshire1998128.03%4,24021One company's receivership is another's big break
10Sports DivisionSports retailerAyrshire1998127.71%231,4224,358Filed 1998 accounts before £290m sale to JJB Sports in July 1998
11OmegaKitchen manufacturerDoncaster1998125.90%9,032126Entrepreneurial chairman of Sunderland FC brings new lease of life to former coalfield area
12The Royce ConsultancyRecruitment agencyEdinburgh1998125.60%6,338144Recently bought by pharmaceuticals group Quintiles Transnational Corp
13Antal InternationalRecruitment agencyCentral London1998123.73%9,427257Shifted focus from emerging markets to Western Europe
14Zoffany HotelsHotel operatorBerkshire1998123.06%8,186288Crack management team turns around ailing hotels
15Beresford Blake ThomasRecruitment agencyLondon1998122.59%14,655105Acquired in £5.4m trade sale as a result of appearing on last year's league table
16Cross GroupCommercial vehicle hireStaffordshire1998121.99%5,78250Uses computers to teach army recruits advanced driving skills
17ED White & CoIT consultancyBuckinghamshire1998116.21%4,25212Redundant consultant out-competes his old blue-chip firm
18Gemstone TravelTravel agencyBerkshire1998113.03%25,299129Adds package holidays to cheap airline tickets
19Plexus PersonnelRecruitment agencyLondon1998112.88%11,31644Recruiter assists with staff health and mortgages
20DublcheckContract cleaning franchisorWales1998111.49%3,41650Husband-and-wife team adds up to 5 new franchises a month
21Brown RockLeisure operatorOxfordshire1998110.42%4,876111Sports lovers build Alpine chain, including Dicks Tea Bar nightclubs
22Eaton SecuritiesCar park operatorSE London1998108.38%4,31523Valet-style upmarket car parks sell dry cleaning and Perrier water
23EcoflowMagnetic device retailerCornwall1998107.42%3,96734Franchising network helps cure arthritis in both people and pets
24FDM GroupIT services providerBrighton1998106.13%34,131201Company crosses the Atlantic to train US contractors
25Walsh Trott Chick SmithAdvertising agencyLondon1998105.82%3,30615Serial entrepreneurs start up second ad agency
26Value DirectElectrical goods retailerOxfordshire1998105.15%3,38928Dutch-British internet partnership offers dicounts to staff of blue-chip clients
27Profile PursuitContract publishersLondon1998104.51%7,02267Stock market listing planned in next two years
28The White CompanyHome accessories retailerWest London1998104.44%3,13618Former Harpers & Queen beauty editor starts up niche mail order business
29Natures Way FoodsSalad and vegetable packerWest Sussex1998104.15%10,17692Brothers process 2 billion salad leaves a year
30Software WarehouseMail-order and reseller of software and hardware assembledBirmingham1998102.79%64,355284Retailer cashes in on e-commerce by going online with
31SalmonSoftware consultancyHertfordshire1998102.09%15,83817Crack software designers bungee jump for charity
32InterportPharmaceuticals wholesalerSouth London1998102.08%13,02118Liverpool pharmacist turns wholesale importer
33ASi ComputerComputer distributorWorcestershire1998102.00%8,82235Computer company hunts for 'visionary graduates'
34The French Thornton PartnershipManagement consultancyLondon1998101.84%3,79223Claims to offer significant partner involvement in every project
35Forest EnvironmentalWaste removerLondon1998101.63%5,304225Removed asbestos from London Underground tunnels
36Computer FuturesRecruitment agencyCentral London1998100.64%130,830386IT recruiter raises £50m venture capital for expansion on Continent
37Touchbase CommunicationsSystems integratorLondon199899.29%8,507132Recruits for personality and then trains in-house
38Partners for ChangeIT consultancyMiddlesex199898.34%3,15150Only employs consultants who are 30+ years old
39Concorde International ArtistesMusic agentLondon199897.39%5,06820Manages concerts for top bands such as Boyzone and B*witched
40RovtechUnderwater vehicle operatorAberdeen199896.86%6,622105Competes with multinationals in battle for North Sea business
41Complete Mobile CommunicationsMobile phone wholesalerNorth London199896.35%6,70550Bulk buying from networks guarantees discounts [† Latest sales]
42DB ActifClothing retailerLondon199895.91%9,66431Elle magazine gives birth to clothing brand
43Exclusive HotelsHotel operatorSurrey199894.99%18,147400Italian family runs small upmarket country house hotel chain
44EiseneggerClothes retailerBlackpool199894.88%8,665250Multi-million pound business still run from founders' home
45McGregor Boyall AssociatesRecruitment agencyLondon199893.35%28,78555High flying MBA appointed for expansion in America
46Computer Telecom InstallationsTelecoms installerCambridgeshire199892.44%11,955194Former RAF avionics engineer has the edge in telecoms
47Interlink Premier NetworkCompliance consultancyWales199892.19%4,73518Stifling red tape offers growth opportunity for some
48MathmosLava-lamp manufacturerLondon199890.32%12,7931561970s lava lamp repackaged for the 1990s
49AGP DistributionComputer components wholesalerHampshire199888.58%35,01265Subsidiaries recently launched in Tokyo and Silicon Valley
50The Gadget ShopGift retailerHumberside199886.87%21,089217Novelty gift company uses internet to chase customers [† Latest sales]
51Career LegalRecruitment agencyCentral London199886.42%5,83441Consultant claims that it has never lost a client
52Neverfail GroupBusiness software developerBerkshire199885.66%6,22055Company launched in aftermath of IRA City bombing
53Fat FaceClothing retailerHampshire199885.64%4,86185‘Ski bums’ convert lifestyle into outdoor clothing brand
54Noto CateringJapanese catererLondon199885.17%4,47492Supplies sushi to Harrods' Food Hall and Pret A Manger
55Travel CounsellorsTravel agencyBolton199883.79%16,00896Operates telesales team of home-based agents
56Direct DigitalDigital photocopier supplierSW London199883.61%3,62934Digital technology cuts cost of photocopying by two-thirds
57PMR GroupIT recruitment consultancyKent199883.39%13,18632Seasoned operators claim to outpace 'baby-faced' competitors
58Gilmac Building ServicesCommercial office refurbisherNorth London199883.29%3,41530Builders survive Christmas party fire that gutted office
59Team 121Software installerBirmingham199882.48%16,701184Sale to computer giant Logica nets founder about £50m
60Ethnic CuisineFood producerSwansea199882.18%9,893201Malaysian emigré supplies Chinese meals to Sainsbury's
61Voyager NetworksComputer consultancyCoventry199881.97%8,04744Installed IT system for the Scottish Parliament
62CWB SystemsIT consultancyCentral London199881.96%9,083250IT consultancy shares project risk with clients
63TikitLegal software supplierLondon199880.77%4,68729Electronic document storage for the legal world
64Shuttle TechnologyPC products makerBerkshire199880.13%15,74546Indian engineering and Silicon Valley marketing
65Wilson JamesSecurity providerEssex199879.72%9,765333Security firm vets staff with psychometric tests
66GyroMarketing agencyLondon199879.61%6,22325British marketing talents move into Silicon Valley
67Menzies HotelsHotel operatorDerbyshire199879.29%18,650798Company cancelled its planned flotation last year
68Conference CreationsConference organiserOxfordshire199879.28%5,88315Claims to market itself only through word of mouth
69Industrial Technology SystemsIndustrial systems engineerMiddlesbrough199878.99%3,01071If a system doesn't exist, this firm says it will build it
70KeltecSystems integratorBerkshire199878.73%22,43549Merged with Progress to create a £40m sales company
71S&J (Chatteris)Building contractorsCambridgeshire199878.70%12,12547Cambridgeshire builder expands into east Europe
72Software 2000Printer software developerOxford199877.92%7,00650Oxfordshire enterprise wins two Queen's Awards for Export
73Bon Bon BuddiesConfectionery makerGwent199877.38%6,11432Gwent firm exports chocolate Monopoly worldwide
74Markham EngineeringBuilding services contractorHertfordshire199877.32%6,71325Builder allows clients to change their mind midstream
75Quotient CommunicationsTelecommunications consultancyCambridgeshire199876.55%3,64328Advises British government on mobile phone licenses
76Plan-Net ServicesComputer services providerLondon199876.38%5,00760Old school friends with IT and accounting skills team up
77Pets At Home Superstores GroupPetshopsCheshire199876.19%36,093414Gave petshops a bright fun image and moved to out-of-town sites
78C-SidePub and club operatorBrighton199875.91%5,216350Employs graduates who 'aren’t ready to face real world yet'
79Extra PersonnelProvision of temporary and permanent staff to industryWest Midlands199875.10%16,674183Recruiter opens its own advertising agency
80The Internet CorporationRecruitment agencyLondon199874.60%19,668138Recruiter reinvents itself with move into e-commerce
81BodenClothing retailerNorthwest London199874.56%11,71778Mail order clothing company uses staff as models
82Phoenix IT GroupIT service providerNorthampton199874.22%20,481260Company plans floatation in year 2000
83Speed FrameDouble-glazing manufacturerSouth Yorkshire199873.95%17,913192Seven day manufacturing process generates new jobs
84Argus GroupAlarm installerEast Sussex199873.95%16,117204Acquisitive company bought out by market leader Tyco
85Countryside TavernsPub operatorBedfordshire199873.31%3,36450Founders returned to Britain after running bars in Australia and Spain
86P&M ProductsToy manufacturerSurrey199873.27%7,28840Children's Blopens prove hit with customers such as Tesco
87Recruitment agencyRecruitment agencyCentral London199872.06%67,635169Shares up by more than 200% since oversubscribed floatation
88Office equipment supplierOffice equipment supplierHertfordshire199871.56%5,86840Company has gained 3,000 clients in five years
89Gamble Jarvis PlantIndustrial equipment providerWest Sussex199871.50%15,64355Family firm rides Celtic Tiger’s construction boom
90Everwhite PlasticsPlastics manufacturerMid Glamorgan199871.32%4,59147Disqualified director secured DTI exemption to run company
91Hammersmith Medicines ResearchPharmaceutical testerWest London199871.05%4,26084Young medical researchers export to 14 countries
92Software CatalogueSoftware distributorBuckinghamshire199870.20%9,03740Adopts management ideas from Black Watch regiment
93SontaySensor makerKent199869.77%3,05936New managing director revitalises established company
94EMS ChiaraMarketing servicesWiltshire199869.70%3,159469Bought out by Canadian company Mosaic
95Highfield GroupNursing home operatorEdinburgh199869.53%43,3364,426Former soldiers provide care for the elderly
96ComputappointRecruitment agencyLondon199869.04%11,18820Multicultural company founded in living room
97Cobra BeerBeer distributorLondon199868.77%4,23230Supplies Indian lager to 'curry-holic' British
98Panacea ServicesProvision of computer maintenance services and sale of computersLondon199868.11%10,49740IT more profitable than jazz for computer seller
99XteamSystems test consultancyTwickenham199867.89%3,38052Makes large billing systems user-friendly
100SERECar dealerNorthern Ireland199867.88%29,412109First and only Northern Ireland company in the league table

* Supplied by Company  † Annualised figure

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