The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2000 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 2000?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 2000 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 2000 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1DataworkforceTelecoms recruitment agencySE London1999272.69%20,06325Founded by classical pianist who plays drums to help him think
2Healthcare at HomeHome healthcare providerBurton upon Trent1999223.66%21,95865Cares for 2,000 patients in their own homes at any one time
3Packman ContractsCeiling contractorWest London1999200.94%11,98052Racehorse owner gave up gambling to found construction group
4Drive AssistCar lessorTamworth1999165.65%47,790116Last year’s No 1 firm provides victims of no-fault accidents with rental cars [† Latest sales]
5Elec-Track InstallationsOverhead cable contractorKent1999155.07%4,865150Started with only £5,000 of founders' personal savings [† Latest sales]
6Equador ConsultingTelecoms consultancyWest London1999145.02%5,66425Operates across Europe for clients including and Cable & Wireless and NTL
7Music BoxMusic retailerEssex1999144.20%6,05670Company went into liquidation in April 2002 [† Latest sales]
8Medico-Legal ReportingMedical reports compilerReading1999143.98%6,25328Deals with 4,000 personal injury instructions every month
9Ecosse FilmsFilm makerSW London1999136.23%7,25415Produced the Oscar-nominated film Mrs Brown, starring Billy Connolly
10Project TelecomTelecoms supplierNottinghamshire1999132.47%117,087303Valued at £152m when it floated in September 2000
11HyperlinkInternet software developerCentral London1999128.62%4,27453Turned down by British venture capitalists, it raised $6m in America
12GenevacChemical evaporator makerSuffolk1999125.47%7,20460Produces evaporators that help cut cost of drug development
13EC InternationalExecutive search agencyCentral London1999122.44%5,34737Places experts in telecoms, banking, sport and entertainment sectors
14Ultimate EventsConference organiserSW London1999120.92%12,12321Founded with credit card, now charges up to £1m per event
15RovtechUnderwater vehicle operatorAberdeen1999119.09%10,77880Designed vehicle to bury telecoms cables at greater depth than before
16World CircuitRecord producerWest London1999118.12%4,41512Produced the international best-selling Buena Vista Social Club album
17Alternative NetworksTelecoms systems integratorSW London1999117.49%6,89746Started with £9,000, now claims to operate as a 'mini-BT'
18Catering AllianceContract catererWarwickshire1999116.14%9,897610Won £1m contract to run staff restaurant at Asda headquarters
19G Thornton (Contracts)Sports ground contractorLancashire1999115.22%6,13620Won £1.1m contract to build facilities for the Millennium Youth Games
20Auto Tronics CommunicationsTelecoms equipment supplierWest Midlands1999113.79%3,88943Founder used cash from sale of house to set up company
21JobserveInternet recruitment publisherEssex1999111.27%8,27131Top company on the Profit Track 100 also appears on the Fast Track 100
22Base LondonShoe wholesalerNorth London1999110.78%15,52421Marketing campaign included a guide to the seedier side of London
23Mill House InnsManaged pub operatorBuckinghamshire1999110.77%29,6811,279Started with 12 derelict pubs, company sold for £57.6m in August
24Peto ServicesElectrical contractorNorfolk1999107.65%3,04546Won big contracts to fit out oil-industry support and production ships
25Ragdoll ProductionsTelevision programme makerWarwickshire1999106.24%21,93370Creator of Teletubbies sells programmes to 90 broadcasters worldwide
26Hopkins HomesHousebuilderSuffolk1999105.15%14,71530Built 200 homes on site of East Anglia’s largest mental hospital
27Fone RangeMobile-phone accessory makerNW London1999103.90%11,07172Set up by teenaged brothers when they were still students
28Morgan Howard GroupExecutive search agencyWest London1999103.27%4,66034Founder left school at 16, now runs 16 offices worldwide
29Partners for ChangeIT consultancyMiddlesex1999102.25%6,51915Runs joint venture offering companies advice on energy consumption
30InterportPharmaceuticals wholesalerSouth London1999102.24%17,23122Repackages and resells pharmaceuticals imported from the Continent
31Remarc TechnologiesIT training firmLeeds1999101.77%3,49553Claims to offer money back to anyone not satisfied with training
32Wilcock ConsultantsNatural gas consultancyCumbria1999101.01%3,805120Prizes experience over youth in its consultants
33Kilnbridge GroupConstruction contractorEast London199999.27%14,706315Founded in a recession and took on work big contractors did not want
34Omega International GroupKitchen makerDoncaster199997.97%10,751129Recently launched new range of ready-to-assemble kitchens
35Metro MCSEngineering consultancyKent199997.52%4,27580Projects include Jubilee Line extension and Channel Tunnel Rail Link
36Renoir ShoesShoe retailerCleveland199996.64%12,112270Founder started out selling men's platform shoes in the 1970s
37Eaton SecuritiesCar park operatorSE London199996.34%4,61735Provides free umbrellas for car-park users when it rains
38Molson HoldingsConstruction equipment retailerBristol199995.47%11,96919Sells construction equipment in eight currencies
39John Walker DevelopmentsHousebuilderKent199995.36%5,10715Allows clients to personalise design plans
40Antal InternationalRecruitment agencyCentral London199995.14%13,151302Problems in east Europe cause firm to concentrate on west Europe
41Knowledge & Merchandising IncToiletries developerBuckinghamshire199994.08%3,90310Started with one shaving product sold by one shop - Harrods
42Restaurants at WorkContract catererSurrey199993.52%3,883160Offers tailor-made catering services to blue-chip clients
43Menzies HotelsHotel operatorDerbyshire199992.91%23,232923Founder refinanced the company and now has £30m for acquisitions
44EiseneggerClothes retailerBlackpool199992.68%16,212205Company moves into offices after 10 years in founders' home
45SportsmaniaSportswear wholesalerNottinghamshire199992.15%11,26349Operates 19 discount sportswear and leisurewear warehouses
46Complete Mobile CommunicationsMobile phone wholesalerNorth London199991.54%17,77241Created force of 150 independent dealers to compete with larger firms
47Computer Telecom InstallationsTelecoms installerCambridgeshire199990.64%17,617239Started with investment of £140, sold for £28m in September [† Latest sales]
48Em: seven communicationsConference organiserWest London199990.16%3,93326Chairman spent seven years working for the Conservative party
49Gilmac Building ServicesCommercial office refurbisherNorth London199989.55%7,16312Currently working on Zandra Rhodes' Museum of Fashion and Textiles50
50The Iron Bed CompanyBed manufacturerChichester199988.78%8,076128Founders branch out into linen and dining room furniture
51VistormManaged services providerOxford199988.34%13,58598Founded with £40,000 from friends and sale of motorbikes
52Strategic Systems SolutionsBanking software developerLiverpool199987.98%9,788164Develops specialist software for investment banks around the world
534castFinancial-market analystSW London199987.97%3,02557Founders had to carry computers to potential clients to start business
54SoftcatIT resellerBuckinghamshire199985.43%16,31852Staff vote on management and their own salaries
55Legends Surf ShopsClothing retailerWarwickshire199984.89%4,19157Surfer teams up with father to sell sports fashion in 14 inland shops
56Opta ResourcesRecruitment agencyReading199984.71%5,53212Created match-by-match ratings system for Premiership footballers
57TCGMetal components makerOxford199984.54%166,4102,172Makes lightweight metal components for BMW and Ericsson
58Friel ConstructionHousebuilderStaffordshire199984.08%12,721200Keeps staff on site and uses laptops to link them to company network
59Claret Civil EngineeringCivil engineering contractorSuffolk199983.99%3,30340Set up after founders talked over a glass of claret
60QuestusTelecoms consultancySurrey199983.83%4,72528Bought by American telecoms company for $23m in August
61Gemstone TravelTravel agencyBerkshire199982.17%33,022157Moves into skiing markets to help boost turnover
62The Mobile Phone StoreMobile-phone retailerMerseyside199981.37%19,200172Founder sold to BT Cellnet for £40m in April 2000
63TransEDASoftware developerHampshire199981.22%3,14734Valued at £25m when floated on AIM in September
64SalmonSoftware consultancyHertfordshire199980.27%21,64429Demerger spawns two new companies as founders go separate ways
65TSF UKComputer hardware resellerSW London199979.96%5,39510Started in spare bedroom and put everything founders owned on the line
66Key PeopleIT recruitment agencySt Albans199979.92%11,47718Places staff in space, defence and telecoms industries
67LynchCivil-engineering contractorSE London199979.56%3,52545Imports hardwood flooring and doorframes from Slovakia
68LexonPharmaceuticals distributorRedditch199979.32%13,85940Guarantees 24-hour delivery nationwide
69Direct DigitalDigital photocopier supplierSW London199979.13%6,71745Expands into Europe by working for companies with foreign operations [† Latest sales]
70DesignphaseOffice refurbisherSurrey199978.48%3,59412Does everything from putting up decorations to refurbishing lifts
71Travel CounsellorsTravel agencyBolton199978.45%26,575127Head office includes beauty spa for staff
72P&M ProductsToy manufacturerSurrey199977.41%9,72058American subsidiary had sales of $5.5m in first year of operation
73Paradise Computers UKComputer hardware resellerWest London199977.38%11,71621Established in an old garden shed using founder's credit card
74Quantum MicroponentsComputer hardware supplierMerseyside199976.66%20,04972Started in a barn, now supplies UK’s leading mail order companies
75RS Communication ServicesCable contractorEssex199976.61%13,29336Provided telecom cabling for Canary Wharf and London City Airport
76TriageRecruitment agencySE London199976.36%18,73338Helps clients attract, recruit, develop and motivate their staff
77Responsive DesignsFlooring importerSurrey199976.02%20,85330Claims to import half of wooden flooring sold in Britain every year
78Ceuta HealthcareSales and marketing agencyBournemouth199975.88%3,12845Represents overseas companies such as Procter & Gamble in Britain
79Intec (UK)Recruitment agencyLancashire199975.60%5,13490Went from testing of nuclear power stations to manpower provision
80Mitek GroupComputer component distributorStaffordshire199975.39%3,70718Managing director changed nature of the business almost overnight
81Apex HotelsHotelierEdinburgh199975.23%5,172138Spotted niche market for large designer hotels in converted buildings
82Voyager NetworksComputer consultancyCoventry199974.59%8,60254Sold to American telecoms giant RSL Communications for £75m
83Land of LeatherFurniture retailerKent199974.13%14,68461Created market selling affordable leather lounge suites to families
84Extra PersonnelProvision of temporary and permanent staff to industryWest Midlands199973.80%26,3122,969One of two companies to appear on Fast Track 100 for fourth year running [† Latest sales]
85FDM GroupIT services providerBrighton199973.47%41,245277Retrained 150 long-term unemployed in web design and technology
86NS OptimumIT systems integratorWarwickshire199972.74%5,27415Provided computer networks for Harrow and Uppingham schools [† Latest sales]
87Chem-Dry UKInsurance claim managerEast Yorkshire199972.65%12,22260Manages insurance claims for fire and flood damaged carpets
88Severn GroupProject management consultancyCentral London199971.62%4,14624Started as one-man firm, now has offices in Frankfurt and New York
89Career LegalRecruitment agencyCentral London199971.58%8,29434Started by supplying legal secretaries, now places lawyers
90EcoflowMagnetic device retailerCornwall199971.33%6,25034Founders took part in a round-the-world car rally
91Markham EngineeringBuilding services contractorHertfordshire199970.50%7,00350Worked in Poland and Hungary for UCI Cinemas
92TechnocoverSteel product makerWales199970.10%3,14051Welsh 'metal basher' gets edge through marketing
93Braylake Car CompanyCar dealerMilton Keynes199969.49%15,40464Colleagues told founder he was mad to set up on his own
94PrismTechSoftware developerGateshead199969.25%4,07474Sells mainly on the web; exports make up 90% of sales
95Benchmark ScaffoldingScaffolding contractorWest London199968.97%4,24825Won £1m contract to supply scaffolding for Isle of Wight’s only hospital
96Ridgmont Care HomesNursing home operatorHertfordshire199968.89%9,835775Former venture capitalist set up nursing homes with funds from Cinven
97City & County HealthcareHome care providerWembley199968.88%5,500725Took advantage of new legislation giving elderly people home care
98Ives DevelopmentSoftware developerCambridgeshire199968.68%6,72382Chairman completed 7,000-mile charity bike ride for Unicef
99Direct GroupInsurance outsourcerDoncaster199968.47%8,25132Carved out a niche selling insurance along with financial services
100Spring ResourcesRecycling machinery makerSwindon199968.22%3,07460Sells everything from nuts and bolts to £3.5m crushing machines

* Supplied by Company  † Annualised figure

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