The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2007 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 2007?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 2007 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 2007 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1Travel RepublicTravel agencySW London2007284.23%14,64074Claims to book holidays for more than one million passengers a year
2Oceanteam 2000Offshore services providerGreat Yarmouth2006206.45%20,14778Inspects offshore gas installations for the oil and gas industries
3Police RecruitPolice recruitment agencySE London2006183.39%13,03431Acquired by the security firm G4S in October
4AJ PowerDiesel generator manufacturerNorthern Ireland2007180.83%10,75046Irish Embassy in Tanzania relies on its generators during power cuts
5Inside Ideas GroupMarketing services providerCentral London2007178.49%6,08530Counts Britvic and Axa Insurance among its clients
6Simply BizSupport services providerHuddersfield2006175.34%7,48357Founded by the chairman of Huddersfield’s football and rugby clubs
7Flat TV CompanyElectrical goods retailerOxford2007162.59%5,73110Is looking to grow sales on the back of the switch-over to digital television
84L’s PackingPacker and distributorDoncaster2006160.52%21,413100Has won new contracts with independent builders’ merchants
9Head ResourcingRecruitment agencyEdinburgh2006159.84%7,81229Founders sold two previous recruitment companies for £12.5m
10InvestigoRecruitment consultancyCentral London2007159.80%11,50531Investigo is Latin for ‘to search for’ or ‘to track down’
11Probuild BirminghamShopfitting contractorBirmingham2007150.71%5,15965Fits out up to 100 supermarkets each year, including Co-op and Tesco stores
12Silver CrossPram makerSkipton2007148.28%10,64626Sells £900 baby carriages handmade to the same design as the 1877 original
13Custom TVDigital TV installerCroydon2006147.63%10,428150Is targeting Spain, France and the Far East for expansion
14Contractor UmbrellaPayroll services providerColchester2006147.00%32,21310Is planning expansion into the contracting market for teachers and oil-rig workers
15Melrob GroupChemicals distributorWest Sussex2006144.46%8,69813Recently expanded into Japan and the Benelux countries
16Harkand GroupOffshore services providerAberdeen2006141.37%34,75442Reportedly signed a contract in July worth £240m over six years
17Ice Energy Heat PumpsRenewable energy supplierOxfordshire2007140.80%5,02540Sells green heat pumps to the Duchy of Cornwall and the National Trust [* Latest sales]
18Paladin GroupProperty services providerBath2007131.44%11,469182Acquired three businesses for £8.5m last year
19ECU GroupCurrency managerCentral London2006130.16%7,12732Manages multi-currency mortgages in yen, euro, Canadian and American dollars
20AlpharoomsHotel booking agencySheffield2006121.23%5,52257Claims to process more than 150,000 hotel room bookings a year
21Henry Howard FinanceBusiness finance providerNewport2006120.66%18,76113Says it processes 300 business loans a month
22Mint Financial ServicesFinancial advisers' networkChesterfield2006119.05%13,08828Aims to run a paperless office, one that is entirely IT based
23Frazer & TabbererSteel pipes manufacturerBirmingham2007118.18%11,25810Claims its products save the water industry £1.7m a year
24Health ManagementOccupational health adviserEast Sussex2006117.29%5,726108Says it looks after 300,000 employees, offering advice on health and fitness
25CSGBusiness finance providerSE London2007112.33%20,66919Founder started the firm with proceeds from the sale of a previous loan business
26Eterniti SteelsSteel products providerWest Yorkshire2007106.94%19,97315Founder started business aged 28 with only £8,000
27SPI (Materials)Exhaust component supplierStaffordshire2006105.14%8,84814Tighter car emission controls have boosted demand for its exhaust components
28Cornwallis EltRecruitment consultancyCentral London2007101.74%9,75014Has benefited from the boom in the City, providing IT specialists
29Richmond GroupFinancial services providerBournemouth2006101.68%7,139121Unable to afford advertising, founder walked 300km delivering 30,000 leaflets
30DanbroPayroll services providerBlackpool2007101.35%15,16930Husband-and-wife team started the business with redundancy pay [* Latest sales]
31Enterprise Broker ServicesMortgage and loan distributorNorth London2006101.04%7,48772Promethean Investment bought a 30% stake for £8.5m in April
32PIPCManagement consultancyCentral London2007100.88%19,036266Recently set up operations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai
33Lucy Wernick & AssociatesClothing wholesalerCentral London200799.30%9,55610Ships American fashion brands to the likes of Harrods and Harvey Nichols
34Premium Appliance BrandsKitchen appliance supplierCheshire200698.47%20,60025Newly-acquired celebrity-endorsed brands include Oz Clarke
35StaffgroupRecruitment consultancyCentral London200797.47%8,59331Co-founder worked at 1998’s No 1 Fast Track 100 company, Progressive Computer
36WidgetElectronic goods distributorStevenage200795.23%27,02416Hopes its new pocket web surfer will be a Christmas ‘must-have’
37Dolphin MusicMusical equipment retailerLiverpool200793.38%9,29554Plans to open shops all over Britain and on the Continent
38Elliott ThomasSpecialist construction contractorSurrey200693.28%17,694183Helped refurbishment operations after the Buncefield fuel depot explosion
39MaximusRecruitment agencyCentral London200692.48%5,14610Founder’s charity Giving Back ploughs profits into projects in his homeland India
40innocentFruit drinks makerWest London200692.25%75,639121Celebrating its fourth year in a row on the Fast Track 100 league table
41Astbury MarsdenRecruitment agencyCentral London200692.18%18,25147Underwent a £17.5m management buyout backed by NVM Private Equity in July
42Feel Good DrinksFruit drinks makerCentral London200691.41%5,92316Sells 2m bottles of Feel Good Drinks every month [* Latest sales]
43HQUKBeauty products retailerCentral London200691.00%8,79846Hair and beauty store helped contestants on television’s How to Look Good Naked
44Just LampsProjector lamp supplierBerkshire200789.01%10,91325Says it sells lamps for all types of data projectors
45Drivers DirectRecruitment agencyWarwickshire200688.23%5,89728Four colleagues formerly at a recruitment agency set up their own business
46Oriel SecuritiesStockbrokerCentral London200687.97%18,80876Offers stock-market brokerage services to the likes of Standard Life
47RIF WorldwideLogistics services providerWest London200687.72%6,71928Company raised £200,000 start-up funds from Hong Kong investor
48Compello Staffing GroupRecruitment consultancyGlasgow200687.26%35,30596Acquired an oil and gas consultancy for £4m to expand in the sector
49Gü Chocolate PudsPremium pudding makerWest London200787.20%11,33520Gü chocolate puddings are sold in 3,000 British and 500 French supermarkets [* Latest sales]
50Morgan HuntRecruitment agencyCentral London200785.49%54,963112Is beefing up its regional presence with new offices in Leeds and Newcastle [* Latest sales]
51WFCAMarketing agencyKent200685.49%16,64547Based in Tunbridge Wells, bills itself as “a London agency, not in London”
52CreativeventsCatering services providerCentral London200684.97%7,626140Provides catering at sporting events such as Royal Ascot [† Latest sales]
53LNT GroupCare home developerLeeds200683.91%13,06847Founder is a motorsport enthusiast who won Le Mans 24-hour race in 2006
54Springfield PropertiesHousebuilderMoray200682.84%28,817195Working on a £12m commercial development project in Elgin in Scotland
55Fuel RecruitmentRecruitment agencyLeamington Spa200782.52%5,52917Expansion into the broadcast and construction sectors fuelled growth
5633six ConsultancyRecruitment agencyCentral London200682.13%6,06714Founder previously ran and sold two other businesses
57Pagazzi LightingLighting resellerGlasgow200681.32%5,62971Claims to have increased its number of customers tenfold since 2003
58MaxximaRecruitment agencyEssex200680.90%10,513185Provides health and social-care staff to public and private sectors
59Towergate InsuranceInsurance underwriter and brokerMaidstone200679.99%237,5872,545Has acquired more than 100 insurers since being founded 10 years ago
60Dunne GroupCivil engineering contractorWest Lothian200677.27%36,216430Specialises in building reinforced concrete structures
61PlayforcePlayground equipment makerWiltshire200676.82%5,18134Founder set up the company aged 24 with a £5,000 loan from the Prince’s Trust
627city LearningTraining course providerCentral London200676.67%11,23968Teaches financial courses for Barclays and Deutsche Bank
63Barchester HealthcareCare home operatorSouthwest London200676.48%327,90012,562Provides nursing and care services at 170 retirement homes nationwide
64Easy ComputersLaptop and TV resellerHuddersfield200776.29%47,51247Evolved from a failing business that the founder bought for £3,000 in 1999 [* Latest sales]
65Maria Mallaband Care GroupCare home operatorLeeds200676.05%17,685879Founder named company after his great-grandmother who was a nurse
66Dawnus ConstructionCivil engineering contractorSwansea200675.89%43,214170Set up by six former directors of the construction company Taylor Woodrow
67Global ResourcingIT recruitment consultancyBromley200675.88%8,05226Founder started the business by remortgaging his house [† Latest sales]
68Abel & ColeOrganic produce retailerWimbledon200674.83%19,818219Sold a stake to Phoenix Equity Partners in October
69Card FactoryGreeting card retailerWakefield200674.38%72,1221,847Founders began by selling greetings cards from the back of a van
70AO.comHousehold appliance supplierBolton200773.10%52,846117Claims to sell 6,000 large domestic appliances online a week
71Vision CallMobile eyecare providerGlasgow200772.46%7,563138Brings mobile eye and hearing tests to the elderly and housebound [* Latest sales]
72Power On ConnectionsElectricity connection providerLeicester200771.93%11,12050Five co-founders used savings to set up electricity connections business
73Henleys ClothingFashion retailerManchester200771.81%14,12340Its first retail outlet reached sales of £1.6m in its first year [* Latest sales]
74AdConnectionMedia agencyWimbledon200771.66%7,00414Offers media planning and buying advice to online retailer CD Wow
75OvalInsurance brokerWakefield200770.63%60,012844Acquired more than 20 companies in less than four years
76Really Useful ProductsStorage box supplierWest Yorkshire200769.72%12,71339Sells patented archive storage boxes for DVDs, folders and files
77northerncareCare home operatorBlackpool200668.25%13,427422Plans to open another 10 residential homes for children next year
78McLaren ConstructionBuilderEssex200667.66%71,00888Is constructing a £28m development project in Nottingham for British Land
79David Ormerod Hearing CentresHearing aid supplierNorth Wales200667.65%20,338203Swiss hearing-aid manufacturer Phonak recently acquired a 49% stake
80MSI GroupRecruitment consultancyCentral London200667.58%7,65326Counts blue-chips such as the NHS, Orange and T-Mobile among its clients
81Red CommerceSAP recruitment agencyCentral London200766.80%32,19085Recruits SAP experts across Europe for Philips, Sony and IBM
82Astus UKCorporate bartering specialistCentral London200765.67%22,28410Daimler Chrysler and Vodafone use its corporate bartering services
83Pharmalink ConsultingRegulatory affairs consultancyMaidenhead200664.87%6,65150Claims to provide consultancy to 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
84Tyrrells Potato CrispsCrisps and snacks producerHerefordshire200764.74%8,52359Is launching an upmarket vodka to use up spare potatoes
85Meade-King Robinson & CoChemicals supplierLiverpool200763.81%29,78120Formed 140 years ago as an importer of whale oil, molasses and kerosene
86Clipper Logistics GroupWarehousing and distributionLeeds200663.34%86,1841,829Delivers fashion brands to the high street, including New Look and Harvey Nichols
87SEKO LogisticsLogistics services providerSlough200763.31%17,28157Transports M&S; and TK Maxx products from Asian factories to the high street
88ActeonSubsea services providerNorwich200663.04%121,507566Has acquired four companies in the past 12 months
89Personal Touch Financial ServicesFinancial services providerWest Midlands200662.80%76,696171LDC bought a minority stake in a £50m deal last September
90Graig Shipping GroupShip manager and ownerCardiff200662.32%23,09890Claims to have commissioned the largest ship ever built in Vietnam
91Knightsbridge GuardingSecurity services providerCentral London200662.01%24,602785Provides security services to the London Stock Exchange
92Riverford Organic VegetablesOrganic produce retailerDevon200761.95%23,120243Founder started the business with just a wheelbarrow and tractor
93SEHCivil engineering contractorIpswich200661.20%129,454602Joined forces with Atkins to bid for highway management contracts
94Specialist Hire GroupIndustrial vehicle providerLeicestershire200660.84%20,991258Co-founder helped build Lex Harvey forklift trucks into a £220m business
95Healthcare at HomeHome healthcare providerBurton upon Trent200660.46%346,660664Investor Apax sold to management and Hutton Collins in a reported £230m deal [† Latest sales]
96No 1 CurrencyForeign exchange specialistEdinburgh200659.65%183,45716Has a network of 221 franchised bureaux de change outlets across Britain
97Morgan Law RecruitmentRecruitment consultancyCentral London200659.59%11,36423Provides recruitment services for the Church of England
98Wind ProspectWind energy developerSussex200659.35%5,56067Is responsible for developing and constructing more than 75 wind farms worldwide
99Liv-exFine wine exchangeSouthwest London200659.32%10,63912Produces an index ranking the world’s top 100 wines for investment
100GGR-UNICLifting solutions providerOldham200659.14%7,91127Formula Ford champion set up the company with racing winnings

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