The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2005 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 2005?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 2005 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 2005 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1ghdHair products supplierCentral London2004364.80%46,12373Sells 2m ceramic styling irons a year to hair salons and consumers
2The Global DrawBetting terminal supplierWest London2004307.71%32,01091Claims that 2,200 British bookmakers use its betting terminals
3Lewis Day TransportTransport services providerCentral London2004302.64%19,573159Transport firm makes 8,000 deliveries a day for clients such as JP Morgan
4CovionFacilities management providerBerkshire2004232.86%10,2973542005 buyout saw six founding investors receive 10 times their investment
5Premier GuaranteeUnderwriting agencyMerseyside2004178.83%7,22017Claims to have more than £10bn of new housing under its warranties
6OptionisProfessional services groupWarrington2004168.56%65,1331,582Manages the tax affairs of 7,000 freelance IT and other contractors [† Latest sales]
7ExpansysOnline electronics retailerManchester2004155.44%22,869127Claims to sell 3,000 PDAs, smartphones and MP3 players a week online
8WorkRecruitment services agencyCentral London2004149.67%31,051116Conducts recruitment campaigns for JP Morgan, Vodafone and Nestlé
9Dr FosterHealthcare market analystCentral London2004144.51%6,82570Benchmarks hospitals for mortality rates and surgery waiting times
10Bluefish Office ProductsOffice products supplierNorthampton2004143.79%13,20253Provides 30,000 office products to clients such as Levi's and Greene King
11Littlestar ServicesMusical producerCentral London2004136.50%23,13116Claims to have sold 24m tickets worldwide for hit musical MAMMA MIA!
12Qdos ConsultingTax consultancyLeicestershire2004132.23%6,87750Employment-law software wins 10,000 subscribers in six months
13Coffee NationSelf-service coffee operatorHigh Wycombe2004131.50%8,07221Claims its self-service bars sell 700,000 cups of gourmet coffee a month
14VSGSecurity providerNorthampton2004130.98%31,5291,659Won a £10m contract this year to provide B&Q; with security guards
15GladedaleHousebuilderDunfermline2004126.52%348,286639Bought construction company Country & Metropolitan for £72m this year
16Martek MarineMarine systems providerRotherham2004121.31%3,49824Sells marine monitoring systems in 80 countries to clients such as BP
17Red CommerceSAP recruitment agencyCentral London2004117.29%6,93640Recruits SAP experts across Europe for Philips, Sony and IBM
18MicrolineMobile phone retailerMiddlesex2004110.05%9,87924Sells more than 6,000 mobile phone contracts a month
19Move with UsResidential property brokerCambridgeshire2004109.17%5,33867Processed 4,000 part-exchange property deals this year for developers
20Chemicare HealthPharmaceuticals retailerSt Helens2004108.72%12,215105Built a chain of 18 pharmacies in five years through acquisitions
21innocentFruit drinks makerWest London2004107.63%16,67645Sells 100% fruit smoothies to Tesco, Starbucks and Boots
22InsureandGoTravel insurance providerEssex2004106.33%21,444104Claims to have insured 2m customers by July 2005
23Advance ScreedingFloor screeding contractorKent2004105.74%4,50914Supplies concrete floor screeding to M&S;, Berkeley Homes and the NHS
24Easy ComputersLaptop and TV resellerHuddersfield2004105.58%8,67216Claims to sell 350 laptops a day from its four websites
25BfinanceInvestment consultancyCentral London2004104.99%3,35435Has headhunted 100 fund managers for clients such as Nationwide
26Seasons In StyleTour operatorNr Chester2004104.33%8,63935Says a typical client takes four holidays a year, costing up to £6,000 each [* Latest sales]
27mhl supportEmployment law consultancyStaffordshire2004103.46%4,52987Guarantees employment-law advice with a £1billion insurance policy
28Africa Travel ResourceSafari travel agencySurrey2004102.87%3,45312Found camp in Serengeti run by Maasai warriors for safari customers
29Inkjet Direct (Europe)Office products supplierPreston2004101.81%7,86349Claims to be one of Britain’s biggest purchasers of inkjet photo paper
301927 LondonDesigner clothes distributorSW London2004101.49%6,13020Supplies 350 shops in Europe with designer labels, including Juicy Couture
31InfohealthOnline pharmaceuticals distributorSouth London2004101.44%4,08040Acquired five retail pharmacies in three years
32HuntswoodCustomer services providerReading200499.92%36,299149Handles customer complaints for five of Britains top six banks
33Four Counties TrainingTraining course providerWest London200499.29%3,68545Has accredited almost 7,000 railway workers for London Underground
34Living VenturesRestaurateurCheshire200499.25%19,548684Restaurant group has grown from two to 35 sites in four years
35Esterform PackagingPlastic bottle manufacturerWorcestershire200497.59%14,251107Produces 1.3 billion plastic bottles a year for the beverage sector
36EDSDecommissioning contractorSheffield200496.94%26,138119Won a £7m contract to decommission two Shell refineries in Asia
37Simon Wright HomesHousebuilderMaidstone200495.80%5,535100Employs 150 specialist building workers whose skills are in short supply
38Salads To GoLeaf salad producerLancashire200493.74%7,67160Makes pre-prepared salads for Co-op, Spirit Group and Nando’s
39IngeniousInvestor and adviserCentral London200491.44%43,09862Managed the £100m sale of 19 Entertainment, makers of American Pop Idol
40Stan JamesBookmakerOxfordshire200491.37%250,186175Changes in gambling law and advertising on Sky Sports pushed up sales [* Latest sales]
41Woodford GroupBrownfield land developerLancashire200490.84%33,09663Claims to have cleaned up over 2,500 acres of contaminated land [† Latest sales]
42AllClear FinancePersonal debt adviserCheshire200490.71%4,97061Has helped 275,000 customers rationalise personal debts
43Unique CateringContract catererWarwickshire200490.63%5,380230Provides 2,500 meals a day for staff restaurants at Samworth Brothers
447city LearningTraining course providerCentral London200490.20%3,90421Provides financial training for Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan
45Buffalo PicturesTV and film producerSW London200489.44%3,30415Made television programmes such as Men Down Under and Doc Martin
46Jimmy ChooLuxury accessories designerCentral London200488.96%27,81257Its shoes and bags are worn by celebrities such as Cameron Diaz
47at your serviceSocial care providerNottingham200488.68%3,569238Provides personal care and support for 800 elderly or vulnerable people
48Holden PearmainMarket researcherSurrey200486.57%4,57932Conducts customer satisfaction surveys for Virgin Atlantic
49HIFXForeign exchange providerWindsor200486.25%19,881147Offers foreign exchange-services to GB Airways and Royal Mail
50PPFDriver recruitment agencyLuton200485.73%15,102450Finds up to 900 drivers a week for Sainsbury's and DHL Express
51ScomacBuilding services engineerHampshire200485.02%3,88512Fitted electrics in schools from Tiffin in Kingston to Highgate in Haringey
52Public Sector ConsultantsFinancial management consultancyChesterfield200484.94%5,83049Chief executive sold his consultancy to Vivendi before founding this firm
53StreamfoodsFruit snack producerCambridgeshire200484.33%5,47270Founders remortgaged homes in 1999 to raise start-up finance
54Gordon Ramsay HoldingsRestaurateurCentral London200484.26%30,952668Ramsay at Claridge’s restaurant turned a £1.4m profit last year
55Springfield PropertiesHousebuilderMoray200483.41%12,15882Built 150 new houses in Moray in Scotland last year
56Morgan BrookesSystems integratorEast London200482.67%8,76033Donates up to 10% of profits to charity each year
57Nationwide AutocentresMOT centre operatorSolihull200480.80%56,6671,127214 licensed MOT centres carried out 600,000 repairs last year
58Portsmouth City Football ClubFootball clubPortsmouth200480.45%39,813281Promotion to Premier League turns round fortunes of formerly ailing club
59Worcester CarsalesCar dealerWorcester200478.90%42,680198Sold 4,000 new and used cars last year from eight dealerships
60Heating Plumbing SuppliesPlumbing equipment supplierEast Sussex200478.78%16,24456Increased number of branches from four to 15 in four years
61BeamsNovelty gift makerKent200478.62%9,62828Makes gift-sets under licence for Glen Moray and Absolut Vodka
62Rare Butchers of DistinctionButcherSouth London200477.46%3,97722Sells meat to smart London eateries such as the Wolseley and Cecconi's
63Strategic Team GroupBuilding contractorWest Yorkshire200476.12%8,31952Won a £4.5m contract to assist in the £50m regeneration of Bradford
644D InteractiveDating services providerSW London200472.92%11,84464Handles 200m minutes of telephone dating chat a year
65Teleticket TravelTour operatorBrighton200472.39%15,22518Carries 85,000 passengers a year to Malaga and Canary Islands
66Hodgson AutomotiveCar dealerChelmsford, Essex200471.25%60,272138Sold more than 2,000 new and used Audis last year
67IN PartnershipFinancial adviser accreditorHorsham200471.06%18,33845Offers 450 financial advisers same-day payment of commissions
68Connect Group ConsultingRecruitment agencyWest London200470.68%4,62014Finds specialist IT staff for HSBC, Abbey, IBM and Fujitsu
69Bank FashionClothing retailerMacclesfield200469.64%21,161500Increased stores from 3 to 30 in four years leading to £30m buyout in April
70Churchill Retirement LivingHousebuilderHampshire200468.64%24,58981Builds one and two-bedroom retirement homes with careline alarms [* Latest sales]
71LOMBOKFurniture retailerSW London200468.03%5,00775Imports own-design furniture from Indonesia, Vietnam and South Africa
72Barchester HealthcareCare home operatorSouthwest London200467.96%130,4296,850Grown from 15 to 163 nursing homes in four years through acquisition
73GreenCare EnvironmentalHygiene services providerWorcester200467.35%4,50880Services washrooms for JP Morgan and the London Stock Exchange
74Carluccio’sRestaurateur and retailerCentral London200466.32%27,828652Chain of 22 deli-restaurants feeds 65,000 diners each week
75StobbartsBuilding contractorCumbria200465.69%9,834272Is responsible for repair and maintenance of the Sellafield nuclear plant
76Bawdsey HaulageFreight transporterFelixstowe200465.41%3,19120Transports goods for WH Smith, Gillette and Tetley Tea
77Global Fire SystemsFire alarm consultancyNottingham200464.80%3,77034Serviced fire alarm systems at 4,000 sites in Britain last year
78GreenergyFuel supplierCentral London200464.19%239,53549Claims that one in six car owners in southern England use its fuel
79FBC GroupTV programme makerCentral London200462.73%16,453100Made Channel 4's series Fashion House sponsored by Nokia [* Latest sales]
80Direct TradePVCu window makerDoncaster200462.69%6,84777Doncaster factory makes more than 40,000 PVCu windows a year
81Southall TravelTravel agency and tour operatorWest London200462.64%25,45019Claims to have sold 100,000 flights last year to British Asians and others
82West Cornwall Pasty CoCornish pasty retailerCornwall200462.52%11,214181Mobile units sold 8,000 Cornish pasties to Ashes crowds at Lords
83Levy AssociatesRecruitment agencySt Albans200462.47%7,45345Claims to place more than 100 pharmaceutical and IT contractors a week
84Naturally Best PackingPotato wholesalerBoston200461.79%20,75812490% of sales come from selling potatoes to Sainsbury’s
85Clipper Logistics GroupWarehousing and distributionLeeds200461.11%21,72343622 high-security warehouses store clothes for Next and John Lewis
86Freedom FinanceLoan brokerCheshire200460.32%36,628425Claims to have brokered more than £3bn in mortgages and loans last year
87Source Claim SupportIT claims settlerEssex200458.95%28,46182Investigates 40,000 claims a year for insurers such as AXA and Zurich
88ReactfastMaintenance service providerBirmingham200458.60%12,083178Claims to complete 2,400 emergency plumbing and heating jobs each week
89Currencies DirectForeign exchange providerCentral London200458.45%700,52653Foreign-exchange provider started out with a £2,000 credit rating
90SuperbrandsBrand promotion publisherCentral London200458.12%4,42313Books feature brands from Smarties and Virgin to Microsoft and Pirelli
91MLS GroupBusiness centre operatorSE London200457.77%16,518103Operates 59 serviced office centres across London and southeast England
92Partners GroupRecruitment agencyCentral London200457.65%21,55355Recruits technical staff for Barclays, Lloyds TSB and Norwich Union
93LBMDirect marketing agencyCheshire200457.52%28,919965Handles 1m calls a month for clients such as O2 and Carphone Warehouse
94Healthcare at HomeHome healthcare providerBurton upon Trent200457.46%160,104381Provides specialist home-nursing to 30,000 patients at any one time
95Iris NationMarketing agencySE London200457.20%17,097110Designs campaigns for Sony Ericsson, Manchester United and Coca-Cola
96PMI Field MarketingField marketing agencyMaidenhead200456.93%5,821419Helped to distribute the Lord of the Rings DVDs in Britain
97Networkers InternationalRecruitment agencySouth London200456.17%9,51521Provides telecom vendors with skilled technical staff in 40 countries
98The REaD GroupDatabase marketing agencySevenoaks200455.79%5,61530Claims that 57% of direct mail in Britain is screened against its databases
99ProhireVehicle services providerStoke on Trent200455.51%9,63425Won £27m contract to provide 300 vehicles for transporting prisoners
100L&CMortgage brokerBath200454.49%9,149146Claims to have brokered £2 billion worth of mortgages free for consumers

* Supplied by Company  † Annualised figure

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