The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2008 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 2008?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 2008 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 2008 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1Hotel Chocolat StoresChocolate retailerHertfordshire2008225.53%18,384160Opened five new shops in 2008 and now has 30 stores nationwide [* Latest sales]
2TorFXForeign exchange providerCornwall2008217.08%265,38946Top traded currencies are euros, US dollars and Australian dollars
3Silver CrossPram makerSkipton2007179.46%15,18132Sold its first custom-built pram in Beijing this year [† Latest sales]
4jjFOXRecruitment consultancyBristol2007165.59%8,95372Expanded to Truro because the directors like surfing and beach cricket [† Latest sales]
5The Book DepositoryOnline book retailerGloucester2008160.15%40,20127Offers free worldwide delivery on every title [* Latest sales]
6BurgopakPackaging designerSouth London2008147.73%5,26025Founder drew inspiration for his packaging design from children’s pop-up books [* Latest sales]
7Paladin GroupProperty services providerBath2008147.34%15,677313Plans to offer energy inspections to ensure compliance with new regulations
8Manpower DirectSecurity services providerEssex2007143.99%5,56628Engineering graduates started the company from a converted warehouse
9Medicare FirstRecruitment consultancyCentral London2008142.72%10,53825Claims to recruit social workers for every local authority in London [* Latest sales]
10Probuild BirminghamShopfitting contractorBirmingham2008142.08%9,44258Branching out to start refitting schools and local council properties
11TDX GroupDebt management providerNottingham2008138.94%17,259117Acquired Madrid-based competitor to kick off international expansion [* Latest sales]
12Allen LanePublic sector recruitment consultancyCentral London2008138.72%16,13115Clients include Transport for London and the Royal Horticultural Society
13Interim PartnersRecruitment consultancyHarrogate2007136.57%5,69110Awarded Age Positive Employer Champion by the Department for Work and Pensions
14CSGBusiness finance providerSE London2008133.12%28,82232Founder previously set up, ran, and sold off a similar business [* Latest sales]
15PracticusManagement consultancyHenley2007132.96%21,69841Its three founding directors drew no salary for the first 12 months
16On Holiday GroupHoliday sales agencyWest Sussex2007127.47%11,43056Says its management has more than 60 years of experience in the travel industry
17Towry LawIndependent wealth adviserBracknell2007119.21%49,161650Made five acquisitions in 2007, including Baker Tilly Financial Services
18Mayday HealthcareRecruitment consultancyCentral London2007118.85%11,03132Claims its offices haven’t closed in four and a half years
19Hobson PriorRecruitment consultancyTunbridge Wells2007116.76%8,18619Supplies highly skilled specialists for drug discovery and approval projects
20First Point GroupTelecoms recruitment consultancyCentral London2008114.76%10,51820Headquartered in London but claims not to have a single British client [* Latest sales]
21Reflex Vehicle SolutionsVehicle rental providerMiddlesbrough2007114.75%16,14554Its 500 clients include DHL and Network Rail
22ea Consulting GroupBusiness management consultancyTwickenham2008114.35%20,64638Originally founded to manage change arising from the introduction of the euro
23Applied Language SolutionsTranslation services providerManchester2008111.43%5,48085Founder was featured on Dragons’ Den and Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire [* Latest sales]
24Mentor IMC GroupOil industry consultancyEast London2008107.91%28,21513Iceni Capital recently took a 55% stake in the company
25New Career SkillsVocational training providerEast Sussex2008104.72%5,26633Counts Halifax Rugby Union player Will Kay as one of its graduate electricians
2633six ConsultancyRecruitment agencyCentral London2007100.62%8,10927Founder previously set up and sold two businesses [* Latest sales]
27Octavian SecuritySecurity services providerNottingham2008100.26%8,317500Placed former Gurkha soldiers as guards at Ikea store in Nottingham [* Latest sales]
28AO.comHousehold appliance supplierBolton200899.56%80,982263Says it has made about 225,000 deliveries this year [* Latest sales]
29AsteralMedical equipment providerReading200898.43%11,08437Claims most of its staff are clinical scientists, medical engineers or radiation specialists
30Seven Publishing GroupMagazine publisherSouth London200796.73%30,751161Publishes magazines for Sainsbury’s and fashion retailer
31DanbroPayroll services providerBlackpool200895.79%34,9241,021Husband and wife team used a redundancy payout to set up company
32Global ResourcingIT recruitment consultancyBromley200792.57%9,72327Is expanding into new sectors such as construction in Dubai and the UAE
33Ping PongRestaurant chainSoutheast London200890.89%10,632416Founded by the former general manager of Nobu restaurant [† Latest sales]
34Kew Green HotelsHotel operatorWest London200790.73%37,424720Runs the largest Holiday Inn Express in Europe at Stansted airport
35Cornwallis EltRecruitment consultancyCentral London200790.09%8,15716All three directors compete in endurance sporting events for charity [† Latest sales]
36innocentFruit drinks makerWest London200789.14%113,193280Claims 130,000 people a week sign up for its innocent e-mail [* Latest sales]
37Balhousie Care GroupCare home operatorForfar200888.76%8,630400Sponsors a PhD student at Dundee University to carry out research on dementia
38Fusion PeopleTechnical recruitment consultancyHampshire200788.01%34,135171Has just opened an office in Perth, Australia
39Draycott WardInsurance industry consultancyBath200887.12%5,63922Sales jumped sharply on account of the 2007 floods
40LNT GroupCare home developerLeeds200886.60%25,73679Says it is building 15 new care homes, with capacity for more than 1,000 beds
41Geothermal InternationalRenewable energy supplierCoventry200885.81%12,79670Claims to have laid more than 300,000 metres of pipe to extract ground heat [* Latest sales]
42Ice Energy Heat PumpsRenewable energy supplierOxfordshire200885.43%7,76970Recently acquired an underfloor heating company to launch Ice Energy Floor Heating [* Latest sales]
43G2V Recruitment GroupRecruitment consultancyManchester200884.98%15,98128Recently backed a former employee’s recruitment start-up [* Latest sales]
44Holiday TaxisAirport transfer providerWest Sussex200784.31%8,58728Founder took a job as a holiday rep in Corfu during a gap year and still works in travel
45Shilton Sharpe QuarryLegal recruitment consultancyCentral London200783.07%6,87440Started from a Fleet Street Starbucks in 2002
46Oyster PartnershipRecruitment consultancyCentral London200882.90%5,30522Sponsors carbon offset projects and claims to be fully carbon neutral [* Latest sales]
47MiromaMedia barter companyCentral London200880.09%9,12510Founder did barter deal with Regus to secure his first office in St James’s Square [* Latest sales]
48Compello Staffing GroupRecruitment consultancyGlasgow200779.82%52,269148Made its second acquisition in the oil and gas recruitment sector in a £4m deal last year
49InvestigoRecruitment consultancyCentral London200879.60%19,20948Undertakes finance recruitment for Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Amazon [* Latest sales]
50SPI (Materials)Exhaust component supplierStaffordshire200777.98%9,13912Claims to supply more than 10m exhaust parts to car makers each month
51Kinsey Allen ConsultingExecutive search consultancyEast London200777.69%8,72137Handles only permanent placements to clients such as JP Morgan
52Harkand GroupOffshore services providerAberdeen200777.17%56,198322Bank of Scotland Corporate invested a reported £80m for a 12.5% stake in April
53AJ PowerDiesel generator manufacturerNorthern Ireland200876.44%18,00551Recently launched a range of green generators running entirely on biodiesel fuel
54No 1 CurrencyForeign exchange specialistEdinburgh200875.50%474,06139Says its new system can process hundreds of exchange transactions per second
55AlsbridgeOutsourcing consultancyCentral London200774.43%6,12528Works with more than 40 clients, including a range of FTSE 100 companies
56Towergate InsuranceInsurance underwriter and brokerMaidstone200772.78%268,9313,299Claims to be Europe’s largest privately owned insurance intermediary
57ActeonSubsea services providerNorwich200771.72%194,6901,041Acquired competitors in Brazil and Singapore in 2007
58Gü Chocolate PudsPremium pudding makerWest London200871.07%16,77638Recently started selling hot chocolate served in Waitrose cafes [* Latest sales]
59Maria Mallaband Care GroupCare home operatorLeeds200771.03%25,1581,095Company also builds and sells retirement apartments
60SavantConstruction consultancyCentral London200770.84%21,732460Its construction projects include the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Moscow [* Latest sales]
61McLaren ConstructionBuilderEssex200770.75%133,843131Projects include Europe’s first carbon-neutral logistics depot based in Staffordshire
62People Source ConsultingIT recruitment consultancyBristol200868.40%5,37825Set up with a grant from the Prince's Trust [* Latest sales]
63Edge RecruitsRecruitment consultancyDevon200867.95%6,11615Developed “Job Pods”, video booths where jobseekers can sign up and register CVs [* Latest sales]
64Ten Lifestyle ManagementConcierge service providerCentral London200867.71%10,034149Its concierge service advises clients on eco-friendly holidays and energy-efficient homes [* Latest sales]
65NET-A-PORTER.comOnline fashion retailerCentral London200867.32%55,158331Has received more than £10m in funding since its launch eight years ago
66Health ManagementOccupational health adviserEast Sussex200766.77%7,571102Claims to work with 32 FTSE 250 companies
67Sprue AegisSafety products manufacturerCoventry200766.72%7,26318Recently launched a new line of wireless fire safety devices
68StaffgroupRecruitment consultancyCentral London200865.74%13,16841Says 12 languages are spoken in its London head office
69The Instant GroupOffice supplierCentral London200864.98%5,33180Claims to work with more than 50 FTSE 100 companies [†* Latest sales]
70Fast & Fresh RestaurantsSubway sandwich franchiserPreston200764.55%6,525350Offers a range of sandwiches containing only 6g of fat or less
71Go ApeAdventure course operatorSuffolk200763.67%6,084247Claims to take up to 100,000 bookings a year for its adventure courses
72Caspian UK GroupBurger King franchiserSurrey200763.62%41,8281,159Claims to be one of the largest Burger King franchisers in Britain
73Sloane Square HotelHotel operatorCentral London200763.53%6,051100Has put a laptop, wireless broadband and a PlayStation in every hotel room
74Inside Ideas GroupMarketing services providerCentral London200863.15%8,43931Claims that automated marketing technology is the key to its success [* Latest sales]
75PlayforcePlayground equipment makerWiltshire200762.71%6,37436Makes up to 100 installations of its playground equipment per month
76MSI GroupRecruitment consultancyCentral London200762.24%9,20226Claims to be the preferred supplier of staff for Ericsson Japan [* Latest sales]
777city LearningTraining course providerCentral London200761.76%16,52497Claims it trains about 20,000 staff each year for clients including HSBC and Citigroup [† Latest sales]
78Move with UsResidential property brokerCambridgeshire200861.30%27,900201Says it sold more than £500m worth of part-exchange property in the last year
79Dawnus ConstructionCivil engineering contractorSwansea200761.16%68,783401Projects include an environmentally sustainable centre on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire
80Henleys ClothingFashion retailerManchester200860.65%25,73163Now has a new retail division with nine stores nationwide [* Latest sales]
81Abel & ColeOrganic produce retailerWimbledon200760.49%27,939321Food past its sell-by date feeds animals at Longleat Safari Park and the London Zoo
82Lucy Wernick & AssociatesClothing wholesalerCentral London200859.41%11,64612Founder started with a £1,500 council grant and a loan from her father
83Tonic Life CommunicationsPR consultancyCentral London200759.18%5,11030Has offices in New York City, Dallas and western France
84Connex RecruitmentRecruitment consultancyLiverpool200758.66%6,70927Owner founded the business with £7,000 in savings [* Latest sales]
85Just LampsProjector lamp supplierBerkshire200857.92%21,3626220% of sales now come from its own-brand lamps that the firm manufactures itself [* Latest sales] furniture retailerNorwich200857.69%7,17623Claims to be carbon-neutral and that only two of its staff use cars to commute [* Latest sales]
87Simply BizSupport services providerHuddersfield200757.53%10,66585Says its non-profit business academy has helped 2,000 users in six months
88Ink PublishingAirline magazine publisherCentral London200857.52%25,280225Publishes in-flight magazines in 17 languages, including Chinese, Polish and Khmer
89DriveTechDriver trainerBerkshire200856.82%10,10669Claims to train drivers for more than 200 corporate fleets, including Sainsbury’s
90Henry Howard FinanceBusiness finance providerNewport200756.74%29,81732Claims to handle up to 300 lease transactions monthly
91OptionisProfessional services groupWarrington200756.36%248,9685,801Claims to provide employment services for more than 25,000 contractors
921927 LondonDesigner clothes distributorSW London200755.65%23,11541Recently launched a baby lifestyle brand created by Bon Jovi's drummer
93JoulesClothing retailerLeicestershire200855.25%22,225187Claims its childrenswear is John Lewis’s best-selling children’s line this season
94CreativeventsCatering services providerCentral London200754.93%10,230169Provides bar and catering services to the Red Bull Air Race and Cartier Polo [* Latest sales]
95GGR-UNICLifting solutions providerOldham200753.92%12,80939Its cranes were used to raise the floor of a swimming pool without draining the water
96Portfolio PayrollPayroll recruitment consultancyCentral London200753.64%7,37535Clients include HMV, Citibank and Sony
97Tyrrells Potato CrispsCrisps and snacks producerHerefordshire200853.61%12,91093Newest potato chip flavours include beef and horseradish and ale and cheese [* Latest sales]
98Cameron BlackDesign and construction providerCentral London200853.45%10,28126Says 80% of projects are within 10 miles of the company’s front door [* Latest sales]
99FeliciniRestaurant chainSheffield200753.26%6,799231Its Manchester branch is rumoured to be one of Wayne Rooney’s favourite eating spots
100STATS GroupPipeline engineerAberdeen200752.83%8,760103Recently opened offices in Houston and the UAE

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