The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2002 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 2002?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 2002 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 2002 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1Ambition RecruitmentNursing recruitment agencySW London2001255.82%28,25756Provides 24-hour emergency nursing cover to hospitals and care homes
2Positive SolutionsIndependent financial adviserNewcastle2001215.66%12,96325Uses a network of 511 self-employed financial advisers
3Land of LeatherFurniture retailerKent2001196.58%72,199305Expanded from single shop to 40 furniture showrooms throughout UK
4Telecom OneTelecoms network providerCentral London2001181.82%54,73335Telecoms company also runs three television channels on Sky Digital
5EuropcComputer hardware resellerGlasgow2001174.44%6,52328Sells reconditioned PCs to more than 15,000 business customers
6CoflexFacilities managerSurrey2001166.38%20,569220Founders remortgaged homes before winning Mitsubishi bank as first client
7AvellinoData software developerBerkshire2001160.02%4,62326Software checks customer databases for BT and Abbey National
8akaEntertainment marketing agencyCentral London2001154.24%4,42718Promoted West End shows such as Art, Shockheaded Peter and Taboo
9Sofas-UKFurniture retailerSouth Wales2001148.66%4,21141Couple started out again after their furniture business went into receivership
10CarshockCar supermarketNewcastle2001136.55%3,43914Sells 3,000 cars a year to British customers
11Bannatyne FitnessFitness centre operatorDarlington2001134.23%15,708453Founder's fourth business has 23 clubs with 52,000 members
12Utility PartnershipUtility consultancyCardiff2001128.82%5,99060Handles power installation for 4,000 mobile-phone masts a year [† Latest sales]
13De Montfort Fine ArtArt publisherStaffordshire2001127.91%3,43231Supplies paintings, sculpture and prints to 4,000 galleries worldwide
14BCPMS (Europe)Gold jewellery supplierNW London2001127.42%20,67511Husband and wife sell gold jewellery and supply gold bullion
15Welch’s of WirralDrinks wholesalerMerseyside2001126.48%3,14913Father and son supply drinks to Liverpool nightclubs such as 051
16Options EmploymentRecruitment agencyHounslow2001123.61%57,206302Architect builds engineering recruitment agency with 50 UK branches
17Time Facilities MaintenanceBusiness facilities managerEssex2001122.86%3,73840The company ceased trading in March 2003
18Damar Civil EngineeringCivil engineerBath2001120.97%3,86928Started by three brothers, now builds flood defences for Wessex Water
19Sun ManagementTelecoms services managerGloucestershire2001118.45%9,34429Manages data, voice and mobile communications for large organisations
20Complete CommunicationsTV and film producerCentral London2001117.97%65,00179Maker of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? sells TV show in 108 countries [† Latest sales]
21CJ Garland & CoCall-centre operatorHartlepool2001114.22%12,5901,100Employs 1,100 staff to answer phones for Vodafone, Egg and Powergen
22Allpay.netElectronic payment providerHerefordshire2001113.50%3,34016Offers bill payment network through 21,000 shops and 19,000 post offices
23A4eOutsourced employment adviserSheffield2001111.53%17,032496Runs 83 redesigned government Jobcentres
24City Refrigeration HoldingsFacilities maintenance providerGlasgow2001109.24%94,0513,318Keeps facilities in Asda's 255 stores running 24 hours a day
25KW InternationalTrading software developerSW London2001107.96%8,75179Raised £9m of venture capital in 2001 to fund overseas expansion
26Just LearningChildren's nursery operatorKent2001106.60%5,984463Chain of 30 nurseries bought by Alchemy in £32m deal last year
27Fresh BouquetsFlower supplierKent2001105.44%6,41276Supplies flowers direct to 4,500 garage forecourts and retail stores [† Latest sales]
28Netwise SystemsComputer network integratorSurrey2001104.30%11,12215Football injury inspired salesman to start IT business
29Preferred InternationalIT recruitment consultancySouthampton2001102.83%17,70041Won first big contract with Computacenter after three-minute sales pitch
30Cardinal MaritimeFreight forwarderManchester2001101.74%6,29615Moves freight between Britain and the Middle East
31WA DevelopmentsRail engineering contractorCumbria2001100.74%7,56490Engineers reacted to coal train derailment within two hours
32Permanent Health CompanyHealth insurance providerHertfordshire2001100.17%7,55416Sells health insurance to 2,000 independent financial advisers
33Global BeachE-business software developerSW London200199.19%6,15575Developed website where users can build a virtual Jaguar racing car
34Jarvis TechnologiesComputer hardware resellerEast Sussex200198.70%7,17214Computer reseller has expanded into continental and American markets
35SolsisIT systems integratorReading200198.39%4,09416Former Hewlett-Packard engineers retained employer as key client
36SkyNet SystemsIT systems integratorOxfordshire200197.60%16,38417Former scampi factory worker builds £16m-a-year business
37Focus DIYDIY retailerCrewe200197.16%1,462,40015,994Chain of 429 DIY stores postponed flotation in July 2002
38DeliveranceHome and office catererCentral London200197.16%3,911122Delivers 1,000 upmarket meals a day to City banks and London residents
39S&I ElectronicsElectronic equipment supplierNorth London200195.56%138,89037Three sons transform father's small radio shop into electronics wholesaler
40ABMCrime software developerNottingham200195.14%3,84668Software helped solve two crimes during sales demonstration in America
41Alphatec SoftwarePayment software developerMilton Keynes200194.82%3,18142Software helps clear cheques for Barclays and Clydesdale Bank
42Aircom InternationalTelecoms service providerSurrey200193.36%17,660152Mobile-phone giant Nokia took 40% stake in January 1999
43Sidcup Auto CentreCar dealerKent200192.59%7,30916Brothers-in-law sell 1,100 Skodas a year from Kent garages
44Selway MooreComputer hardware resellerBerkshire200192.32%5,95217Looks after computer servers for clients such as DHL
45Stanton Interior SolutionsOffice refurbishment contractorNW London200192.17%11,40026Asian founder uses Gujarati contacts to employ top carpenters in City
46Omni ITHuman resources consultancyCheshire200192.08%5,51611Founder started IT company at the age of 25 with £30,000 overdraft
47PRORecruitment agencyCentral London200192.04%11,238106Starting up a joint venture in Australia in 2003
48Mistral Internet GroupInternet service providerBrighton200190.97%4,15424Hosts websites for Sony Music and Bacardi
49JK EnvironmentalEnvironmental waste managerHertfordshire200189.74%4,50133Childhood friends team up to unblock sewers for Anglian Water
50BrooksonFinancial consultancyWarrington200189.52%3,36433Helps 7,000 independent IT consultants, engineers and vets pay less tax
51ContenderVideo distributorCentral London200189.43%4,70912Distributes videos of TV programmes, from Beyblade to Tipping the Velvet
52Beds and BarsHostel and bar operatorCentral London200188.67%5,505131Runs backpacker hostels and bars in Edinburgh, London and Newquay
53QP GroupPurchasing consultancyHampshire200188.63%10,07578Helps companies such as Glaxo and Diageo buy goods and services
54Advanced Resource ManagersRecruitment consultancyPortsmouth200188.56%10,67222Started with £40,000 loan from founder's father
55Simpson CarpenterMarket researcherWimbledon200187.24%4,02420Helps Honda measure the effectiveness of its advertising
56World Class InternationalIT management consultancyPortsmouth200186.38%62,298295Designed IT systems used by NHS Direct’s 24-hour helpline
57Alternative NetworksTelecoms systems integratorSW London200186.01%18,354164Provides telecoms services for 3,000 small firms
58Wimco Group CoachesCoach and bus operatorSW London200185.88%5,417167Runs five bus routes in south London and Surrey
59Pacific International RecruitmentIT recruitment agencySW London200183.44%10,94126Recruits professional staff for multinational clients
60Care Management GroupCare home operatorWimbledon200183.28%8,190367Looks after 330 residents with learning disabilities in 49 care homes
61PES GroupBuilding contractorEpsom200182.49%4,16323Helped build £4.5m office and apartment block at London’s Camden Lock
62Hazell CarrActuarial services providerOxfordshire200181.99%93,170372Business boomed sorting out pensions mis-selling scandal of the 1990s
63RDF MediaTV programme makerWest London200181.51%19,683140Created TV shows such as Faking It, Banzai and Scrapheap Challenge
64ActixTelecoms software developerWest London200181.02%5,18856Opened offices in Singapore and Shanghai to target Asian mobile market
65Elec-Track InstallationsOverhead cable contractorKent200180.26%14,562247Repaired overhead electrification cables after Hatfield rail crash
66Howarine CalvertOffice stationery supplierNorth London200179.24%4,46532Teenage inventor of Pocket Gym builds office-supplies business
67Paradise ComputersComputer hardware resellerHertfordshire200179.14%32,96254Founder started in garden shed and still helps out in warehouse
68UltralaseEye surgery providerLeeds200177.80%11,04460Uses lasers to correct eyesight in 1,000 operations a month
69Mitek GroupComputer component distributorStaffordshire200177.72%11,10424Financed expansion with £2m credit facility from IBM
70Food BrokersFood BrokersFood Brokers is in liquidation as of November 2005
71Spektra GroupE-business software developerLivingston200176.39%4,94055Makes the software that runs Tesco's Personal Finance website
72Whiteoak DevelopmentsHousebuilderEpsom200176.38%6,62715Built 390 homes at Eastbourne's Sovereign Harbour marina
73Gainsborough GroupServiced office providerCentral London200175.49%7,28633Recently opened its first American serviced office in Washington
74QPC HomesHousebuilderReading200174.12%6,41130Founder went without salary for 18 months in 1990s property crash
75HotelConnectHotel reservation agencyNW London200174.05%9,18757Books hotels in Europe for non-package-tour travellers
76ICMCleaning contractorHampshire200173.53%6,4531,433Buses in cleaners at 4am to ensure cinemas are cleaned out of hours
77Telecom Service CentresCall-centre operatorIsle of Bute200173.27%26,1761,407Biggest employer on Isle of Bute helped cut unemployment from 17% to 7%
78ICRManagement consultancyWest Yorkshire200173.00%17,73816Solves customer contact problems for Lloyds TSB and Thomson Holidays
79The Officers ClubDiscount clothing retailerNorthumberland200172.69%81,6041,678Says it offers men's clothes at a 70% discount to high-street retailers
80Rolled Gold InternationalMusic distributorSlough200172.69%27,12844Claims to sell imported CDs at up to 40% cheaper than rivals
81The BankCommunication agencyCentral London200172.56%9,60827Makes TV commercials for HSBC and helped rebrand BMI British Midland
82Windrush Frozen FoodsFood wholesalerOxfordshire200172.19%5,95318Develops and supplies complete menus for restaurants
83Central TrustLoan brokerNorwich200172.11%20,395186Staff play 20 seconds of their favourite song on completing a deal
84LoganairAirlinePaisley200172.08%21,022176Flies world's shortest scheduled flight of two minutes in Orkneys
85Apex ContractorsBuilding contractorKent200171.42%8,475120Manages site logistics at Canary Wharf
86NetKonect CommunicationsInternet service providerHampshire200171.23%5,09337Founder borrowed £150,000 to start company
87BravissimoLingerie retailerLeamington Spa200171.15%7,16850Set up when pregnant founder could not find D to J bra cup sizes
88Direct GroupInsurance outsourcerDoncaster200170.85%21,41955Designs insurance packages for banks and other financial institutions
89Claim Control ConsultantsInsurance claim processorWalsall200170.77%16,38745Replaces stolen and damaged computers for insurance companies
90Just DeliContract catererBerkshire200170.74%5,334141Provides bistro-style catering for ITN and Fujitsu
91iokoDigital media systems integratorYork200170.43%10,083143Developed Britain's largest online portal for hotels, restaurants and pubs
92Pets At HomePet products retailerCheshire200170.31%178,2921,976Bought rival Petsmart in 1999 to build chain of 145 pet superstores
93Independent Building SolutionsBuilding systems developerCroydon200170.00%10,03380Develops systems to control building services from lifts to ventilation
94SMRSAdvertising agencyManchester200169.96%8,49613Helps Airtours, HBOS and Nissan with recruitment advertising
95B&H PolymersSpecialist plastics makerWarrington200169.67%23,14614Makes plastic for drink bottles that can be recycled for textiles
96SirocomTelecoms services providerSW London200169.46%6,37632Built network to connect STA Travel's 400 worldwide offices
97History & HeraldryGift makerRotherham200169.39%9,58061Makes gifts sold at tourist sites all over the world
98WorldRoamMobile phone hirerEssex200169.07%4,18620American business travellers outside the US account for 80% of sales
99Kalsi PlasticsPlastic products makerBirmingham200168.93%7,061125Brothers started making plastic guttering after supplier poached customers
100BlueprintMarketing agencySW London200168.77%7,37930Company avoids giving staff job titles

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