The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2006 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 2006?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 2006 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 2006 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1ActiniumPayroll services providerCentral London2005282.45%40,74514Looks to the 2012 Olympics and the Inland Revenue for growth
2Kew Green HotelsHotel operatorWest London2006255.90%34,212800Acquired 11 hotels from Whitbread for £80m in December 2004 [* Latest sales]
34C AssociatesOutsourced procurement providerWest London2006245.84%46,163101Procurement contracts with blue-chip companies like BP drive up sales [* Latest sales]
4LebaraTelecoms services providerEast London2005242.13%37,86835Provides low-cost international calls from mobile phones [† Latest sales]
5Head ResourcingRecruitment agencyEdinburgh2005206.87%7,40621Scottish recruiters score a hat-trick by setting up a third company
6MaxximaRecruitment agencyEssex2005195.56%7,40730Provides permanent and temporary staff to the NHS and local authorities
7Just LampsProjector lamp supplierBerkshire2006194.80%9,92624Sells 6,000 types of projector lamps to schools and audio-visual resellers
8MicrolineMobile phone retailerMiddlesex2005181.20%22,00650Sells mobile-phone packages to West London’s Asian community [* Latest sales]
9Melrob GroupChemicals distributorWest Sussex2005179.13%6,77710Growth sticks for supplier of plastics, oils, and adhesive materials
10Easy ComputersLaptop and TV resellerHuddersfield2006177.11%35,89333Not content with selling 10,000 laptops a month, launches online TV retail [* Latest sales]
11Dolphin MusicMusical equipment retailerLiverpool2006175.71%5,58720Two Liverpool students used credit cards to set up musical equipment firm
12WCLChange management consultancyCentral London2006173.20%6,15638Advises Department for Education and Skills on improving school meals [* Latest sales]
13RocelaOracle consultancyEdinburgh2006158.84%20,63815Company name is an anagram of Oracle
14Dawnus ConstructionCivil engineering contractorSwansea2005150.87%30,858136Worked with BNFL on decommissioning Hinkley Point nuclear power station
15Wilson ValeContract catererLeicestershire2005144.30%5,204175Brings restaurant-like quality dining to the workplace
16SEKO LogisticsLogistics services providerSlough2006141.88%14,26282Transports Ann Summers and M&S; items from factories abroad [* Latest sales]
17Tyrrells Potato CrispsCrisps and snacks producerHerefordshire2006130.00%5,95140Produces crisps from home-grown potatoes for upmarket outlets [* Latest sales]
18ATD Travel ServicesTravel services providerSW London2006127.98%32,37218Sells 220,000 tickets a year to American attractions such as Disneyland
1999p StoresDiscount retailerNorthampton2005127.17%42,279612All products are priced at 99p in its 48 discount stores nationwide
20Morgan HuntRecruitment agencyCentral London2006126.99%35,938103Recruits for the public sector, private sector and not-for-profit organisations [* Latest sales]
21SuperbrandsBrand promotion publisherCentral London2005121.62%7,94918Identifies the trendiest companies through its CoolBrands programme
22SmartSourcingOnline recruitment agencyStaffordshire2005118.69%9,54211Handles business and IT resourcing for blue-chip companies
23EncoreRecruitment agencyLeicester2005117.18%10,02842Specialises in recruitment of blue-collar staff for clients such as British Gas [† Latest sales]
242e2IT services providerNewbury2005116.75%112,324967Duke Street Capital backed secondary buyout, valuing the firm at £130m
25InsureandGoTravel insurance providerEssex2005115.40%37,213194Sells ‘scratch and go’ cards offering instant travel insurance at airports
26s2sIT services providerWest Sussex2006111.53%5,34121Provides network security for the England and Wales Cricket Board
27Adviance Technical SolutionsFacilities maintenance supplierCentral London2006111.52%8,02777Claims a one-hour response rate to clients including O2
28Venn GroupRecruitment agencyCentral London2005108.94%45,079218Twice is nice for recruitment duo’s second company
29CSGBusiness finance providerSE London2006107.12%8,51718Provides companies with unsecured loans
30CentiqIT services providerNottingham2005104.71%15,44724Works as a subcontractor on the NHS computerisation project
314L’s PackingPacker and distributorDoncaster2005104.68%7,91587Repackages and distributes plumbing and heating products for B&Q;
32McLaren ConstructionBuilderEssex2005103.95%48,34361Has up to 14 major construction projects on the go at any one time
33Objective ProductionsIndependent television producerCentral London2005102.93%18,99950Produces Channel 4’s Balls of Steel and BBC3’s The Real Hustle [* Latest sales]
34WidgetElectronic goods distributorStevenage200699.62%23,88015Founded by technology journalist in his front room with enterprise allowance
35Barchester HealthcareCare home operatorSouthwest London200596.79%289,17212,556Celebrity chef Paul Rankin improves food quality in residential care homes [* Latest sales]
36PIPCManagement consultancyCentral London200696.75%17,885237Helped to integrate NatWest into Royal Bank of Scotland
37Orange & GoldPayroll services providerBucks200596.62%33,02525Husband and wife team runs £34m business from rural Buckinghamshire [† Latest sales]
38Vision CallMobile eyecare providerGlasgow200695.85%5,896116Brings mobile eye-testing services into care homes [* Latest sales]
39LogistikCommunications agencyLeeds200595.45%10,98472Runs events for clients such as M&S;, Asda, and does the Mobo Awards
40GladedaleHousebuilderDunfermline200593.11%474,879924Acquired rival Country & Metropolitan for £72m in 2005
41Ink PublishingAirline magazine publisherCentral London200692.44%11,066116Publishes airline magazines for 20 airlines across the world [* Latest sales]
42NET-A-PORTER.comOnline fashion retailerCentral London200691.52%21,258112Claims customers spend an average £475 per order on its fashion website
43ChessTelecoms services providerCheshire200591.25%9,73857Resells telecoms packages to businesses including Sale Sharks rugby club
44Card FactoryGreeting card retailerWakefield200590.79%45,7201,206Founder began by selling greetings cards from the back of his van
45Simon Wright HomesHousebuilderMaidstone200589.00%8,405120Former banker aims for his company to become Kent’s largest housebuilder
46CovionFacilities management providerBerkshire200588.48%15,004414Supplies on-site facilities services to the likes of Britvic
47Audley TravelTour operatorOxfordshire200586.71%26,20090Offers bespoke long-haul holidays for culture-seeking travellers
48Cornwallis EltRecruitment consultancyCentral London200685.86%5,52513Specialises in recruiting senior technologists for the financial markets [* Latest sales]
49Astbury MarsdenRecruitment agencyCentral London200585.82%12,11250Recruits personnel for clients such as Barclays and Tesco
50Abel & ColeOrganic produce retailerWimbledon200585.74%13,368166Delivers organic fruit and vegetables to 25,000 customers in south England
51SPI (Materials)Exhaust component supplierStaffordshire200584.55%5,12412Provides metal parts for needles, car exhaust systems and missiles
52GreenergyFuel supplierCentral London200683.89%774,81450Fuel supplier moves into building renewable-energy power stations
53Joe BrownsMail-order fashion retailerLeeds200583.16%9,17450Claims to process up to 2,000 mail orders a day
54BizzEnergyElectricity supplierWorcester200583.14%109,372108Independent electricity supplier that specialises in renewable sources
55Buyagift.comOnline gift retailerNorth London200583.01%6,72233Website sells presents ranging from hampers to Ferrari drives
56Premier GuaranteeUnderwriting agencyMerseyside200682.50%19,93035Claims to have insured £16 billion worth of new homes in Britain [* Latest sales]
57ExpansysOnline electronics retailerManchester200582.13%35,654168Rides wireless technology wave to sell mobile phones in China
58PMI Field MarketingField marketing agencyMaidenhead200581.69%9,696737Handles sales, stock and promotions for Universal Pictures and Sainsbury’s
58Eden McCallumManagement consultancyCentral London200581.69%8,77714Women founders set up business while pregnant with their second children
60OptionisProfessional services groupWarrington200679.66%227,5694,998Promise of pain-free payroll administration attracts 15,000 contractors
61innocentFruit drinks makerWest London200579.58%37,72475Sells 1m pure-fruit drinks a week through delicatessens and supermarkets
62Warehouse ExpressOnline photography retailerNorwich200579.45%22,96440Claims its website attracts 50m hits a month
63Really Useful ProductsStorage box supplierWest Yorkshire200679.13%8,82633Produces stackable storage boxes sold through Staples and WH Smith
64Personal Touch Financial ServicesFinancial services providerWest Midlands200578.84%57,144144One-stop shop for financial intermediaries such as mortgage brokers
651927 LondonDesigner clothes distributorSW London200578.43%11,86523Goes for bling, selling gold-riveted jeans at £750 a pair
66Rolling ComponentsEngine component wholesalerEast London200577.78%5,62325Claims to be the biggest car engine components supplier in Europe
677city LearningTraining course providerCentral London200577.77%6,92742Provides financial courses for Merrill Lynch and Royal Bank of Scotland
68BfinanceInvestment consultancyCentral London200576.32%5,84435Changes tack to take the headache out of selecting fund managers
69Pharmalink ConsultingRegulatory affairs consultancyMaidenhead200576.02%5,06330Provides regulatory-affairs consultancy to the healthcare industry globally
70Connect Group ConsultingRecruitment agencyWest London200575.78%6,95330Recruits specialist IT and project staff for Virgin Atlantic and IBM
71Qdos ConsultingTax consultancyLeicestershire200575.45%8,93452Provides online tax and employment advice to 45,000 small businesses
72The Reflex GroupLabel manufacturerLeeds200675.17%10,92982Sticky label manufacturer produces three billion labels a year
73Move with UsResidential property brokerCambridgeshire200675.10%11,951111Solicitors’ network handled 25,000 conveyancing transactions in 2005
74Red CommerceSAP recruitment agencyCentral London200674.79%22,45061Underwent £15m buyout backed by Inflexion Private Equity last year [* Latest sales]
75Worcester CarsalesCar dealerWorcester200574.73%47,605207Owner still motoring on after selling his first car at 13 years of age
76ghdHair products supplierCentral London200574.51%57,402109Completed £55m management buyout backed by LDC in July
77WFCAMarketing agencyKent200574.28%12,28943Competes with London ad agencies at Tunbridge Wells prices [† Latest sales]
78The Specials LaboratoryPharmaceuticals manufacturerNorthumberland200573.56%5,75058Manufactures unlicensed medicines for special patients
79RedbridgeTelecoms systems integratorWales200672.97%10,49470Redundancy was the catalyst for this telecoms start-up [* Latest sales]
80Portfolio PayrollPayroll recruitment consultancyCentral London200671.53%5,86822Bookmaker family gets into recruitment of specialist payroll staff
81NWP ElectricalElectrical contractorWales200570.88%9,758127Claims to offer a one-stop shop for all mechanical and electrial needs
82Healthcare at HomeHome healthcare providerBurton upon Trent200569.76%251,731528Treats NHS and private patients in their own homes
83Progress Vehicle ManagementReplacement vehicle providerSouth London200669.73%5,18843Provides replacement vehicles to non-fault drivers after a car accident [* Latest sales]
84Hodgson AutomotiveCar dealerChelmsford, Essex200568.08%74,673166Sells 5,000 Audi cars a year to residents of Essex and East London
85Holidays 4UTour operatorBrighton200566.73%11,69310Sells budget holiday packages to Turkey at an average price of £265
86Littlestar ServicesMusical producerCentral London200566.40%24,31616Linking with Tom Hanks’s production company to produce MAMMA MIA! film
87Euro GaragesFuel forecourt operatorBlackburn200565.78%78,890199Refurbishes and operates petrol stations bought from the big oil companies
88Living VenturesRestaurateurCheshire200565.42%27,678856Restaurant group set up by former Australian soap star
89UnicomTelecoms services providerManchester200565.29%21,304452Tempts small businesses with low-cost telephone calls and lines
90LOMBOKFurniture retailerSW London200565.25%7,661105A £3.5m buyout pushes furniture retailer into new phase of store openings
91Bank FashionClothing retailerMacclesfield200565.21%30,182543Sells branded fashion through 40 high-street shops across Britain [† Latest sales]
92SEHCivil engineering contractorIpswich200564.22%126,752563Builds roads and provides PVC windows for housebuilders
93Up & RunningRunning equipment retailerHarrogate200664.12%5,00960Pace accelerates at Up & Running with 21 new store openings [* Latest sales]
94Premium Appliance BrandsKitchen appliance supplierCheshire200563.75%11,57023Sells competitively-priced kitchen appliances to B&Q; and Argos
95LBMDirect marketing agencyCheshire200663.20%39,5411,277Direct marketing firm rides the crest of the call-centre wave
96Go InteriorsBuilding materials supplierHerts200662.93%13,45847Founders remortgaged their homes to sell drylining products
97ProhireVehicle services providerStoke on Trent200562.75%12,24130Leases and manages commercial fleet vehicles for the likes of Greene King
98Clipper Logistics GroupWarehousing and distributionLeeds200562.58%45,005925Prada and Woolworths sign up for its storage, packaging and distribution services
99Rawhide AccessoriesPlayboy accessories designerEast Yorkshire200562.46%10,95165Sells Playboy accessories to department stores such as Littlewoods
100MEM Retail Marketing ServicesMarketing services providerWest London200562.37%8,7442,737Husband and wife founded firm in a £100,000 buyout backed by NatWest

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