The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2009 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 2009?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 2009 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 2009 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1CycleschemeBicycle scheme administratorBathFeb 09347.91%22,74827New client Rolls-Royce bought £1.2m of bikes for employees in one month
2Gio-GoiFashion wholesalerCentral LondonMar 09219.92%18,81134Brand featured in an MTV show with Pete Doherty modelling its clothes
3Empiric SolutionsRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonAug 09202.15%8,96214Has about 50 core investment and asset management clients, including ING and Fortis
4OxygenInsurance brokerCentral LondonDec 08189.80%17,021177Has arranged cancellation insurance for Madonna and U2 concerts
5EazyfoneMobile phone recyclerCheshireAug 09176.69%36,246124Says it recycles up to 200,000 phones a month through its Envirofone website {* Latest sales]
6MattressmanMattress retailerNorwichMar 08173.60%8,68044Says it stocks 5,000 bed frames and 3,000 mattresses at any given time
7I-PayePayroll services providerMerseysideMar 09170.65%67,40142Has 2,000 clients, many of whom are contractors working abroad
8Paladin GroupProperty services providerBathMar 09170.25%20,500345Is moving into student letting, with a contract signed to manage 1,000 student units
9Ella’s KitchenBaby food producerHenleyJun 09156.16%8,26010Its 30 products include flavours such as butternut squash, apple and prune {† Latest sales]
10Catering AcademyContract catererStaffordshireDec 08155.76%14,305593Its clients include the Health Protection Agency, the University of Bolton and the YMCA
11Genuine SolutionsMobile accessories distributorSurreyJan 09153.52%6,25864Supplies mobile-phone accessories to 800 independent retailers in 24 countries
12Getting PersonalOnline gift retailerCheshireMay 09148.78%6,28229Founders met at antenatal classes {* Latest sales]
13Rize RecruitmentTelecoms recruitment consultancyNorth LondonMar 09144.85%8,37019Says it has placed Colombian workers in Afghanistan, and Filipinos in Madagascar
14Life Build SolutionsBuilding contractorBuckinghamshireDec 08139.65%15,00215Recently completed a £2.5m project for Pinewood Studios opened by the Queen
15Your Golf Travel.comGolf travel retailerCentral LondonDec 08139.35%7,41552Its call-centre staff are mostly keen golfers who advise travellers on best golfing deals
16Team24Medical recruitment consultancySurreyApr 09133.97%13,40152Claims to place more than 1,000 doctors and nurses a week
17Redrock ConsultingRecruitment consultancyBristolMar 08131.41%15,37221Clients include Orange, Motorola and Alcatel-Lucent {† Latest sales]
18Alliance SurgicalSurgery groupBirminghamMar 09131.22%5,89529450 NHS consultants are shareholders in the business
19State OilFuel wholesalerWeybridgeFeb 09128.00%147,19914Claims to be the fourth-largest independent oil importer in the UK
20Low Cost Travel GroupTravel operatorWest SussexOct 08127.03%50,73272Has booked holidays for 1.2m people this year nutrition supplierManchesterSep 09125.82%9,76450Supplies sports nutrition to the current winner of Britain’s Strongest Man competition {* Latest sales]
22Moonpig.comOnline greeting card retailerCentral LondonApr 09125.60%20,90665Says it will sell 10m personalised greeting cards this year
23MiromaMedia barter companyCentral LondonJun 09118.22%20,25714Launched an office in Singapore this year {* Latest sales]
24E-ResourcingIT recruitment consultancyEpsomJun 09115.01%5,64114Customers include the NHS, Logica and Toyota {* Latest sales]
25Next VenturesRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 08111.32%8,2922575% of its sales are currently generated overseas
26Interim PartnersRecruitment consultancyHarrogateDec 08110.53%9,37717Launched a mid-market recruitment division in September
27Kite Consulting GroupIT recruitment consultancyCentral LondonAug 09110.19%7,91420Clients include Balfour Beatty, Barclays and Aviva {* Latest sales]
28Olive CateringContract catererWarwickshireDec 08104.09%9,225368Recently won contracts with Heinz and Capital One
29Global Energy GroupEnergy services providerInvernessMar 08103.00%94,309425Has hired two Olympic biathlete skiers to lead staff development
30Fine Green AssociatesRecruitment consultancyManchesterJun 09102.94%10,86118Supplies non-clinical management staff to the NHS and private healthcare organisations
31ONEPOSTPostal management adviserBristolJun 09100.62%28,41544Its 230 clients include the National Trust and the British Red Cross {* Latest sales]
32AM PMCash and carry wholesalerScunthorpeAug 0899.52%5,33212Cash and carry chain started in an old sewing-machine factory with £5,000 of stock {* Latest sales]
33powerPerfectorEnergy-saving device distributorCentral LondonDec 0897.21%11,55727Says its technology can save clients an average of 13% in electricity costs
34Chesterfield PoultryHalal poultry sellerDerbyshireJun 0897.02%17,48786Processes up to 120,000 halal chickens each week
35Directline HolidaysOnline travel operatorCroydonOct 0896.22%11,39861Has developed software that can tailor holidays to customers’ requirements
36Silver CrossPram makerSkiptonDec 0895.67%17,48441Founded in 1877, now sells to retailers and direct to public on its own website
37jjFOXRecruitment consultancyBristolDec 0894.87%13,691100Company’s 2008 Christmas raffle raised £44,000 to start a charitable foundation {* Latest sales]
38AsteralMedical equipment providerReadingMar 0994.42%14,27743Handles the supply and maintenance of scanners and x-ray machines to hospitals {* Latest sales]
39NAC GroupBusiness consultancySunderlandJul 0892.87%7,59840Helps improve business efficiency at Imperial College Hospital and JCB
40DanbroPayroll services providerBlackpoolMar 0991.63%51,0801,363Client list includes 1,500 IT contractors and 1,100 limited companies {* Latest sales]
41Hobson PriorRecruitment consultancyTunbridge WellsJul 0891.04%10,26720Has recently formed strategic partnerships with companies in Switzerland and Germany
42ea Consulting GroupBusiness management consultancyTwickenhamMar 0988.99%25,11132Founded to manage change arising from the introduction of the euro
43MFGFuel forecourt operatorSt AlbansAug 0887.73%121,905237Has acquired more than 20 petrol stations in the past three years
44Boost DrinksEnergy drink makerLeedsOct 0887.54%9,65412Became the official energy drink for Glastonbury this year
45Stores DirectHeating products retailerHuddersfieldApr 0986.58%8,22415Sells about 500 stoves and fireplaces each month from its websites
46HiggidyPie makerWest SussexSep 0985.68%5,586106Sells its British quiches to a café in France {* Latest sales]
47FjordDigital design consultancyFjordDigital design consultancyCentral LondonDec 0882.36%6,64188Has offices in London, Berlin, Helsinki and New York {* Latest sales]
48Joseph JosephHousehold goods manufacturerCentral LondonMay 0982.11%6,47721Sells 250 product lines through stores including John Lewis and House of Fraser {* Latest sales]
49SFC (Wholesale)Fried chicken wholesalerMerseysideMar 0980.81%12,51112Claims to sell more than 400 tonnes of frozen chicken products each month
50DimarkEthnic food distributorNorth LondonDec 0880.60%5,07715Is one of Britain’s largest importers of Polish and eastern European food {* Latest sales]
51Easi-Drive Accident ManagementAccident services providerManchesterMar 0880.59%12,85796Says its customers drive 1m miles a year in the replacement vehicles it provides {† Latest sales]
52PracticusManagement consultancyHenleyDec 0879.17%33,27449Opened offices in Amsterdam and Australia earlier this year
53World FirstInternational payments providerCentral LondonJan 0978.86%5,57954Its most popular currencies traded are euros and dollars
54Global ResourcingIT recruitment consultancyBromleyDec 0877.89%14,78238Operates globally, including in America, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kazakhstan
55The Book DepositoryOnline book retailerGloucesterJun 0977.79%61,42139Founder was part of the team that launched Amazon in Britain
56Oliver James AssociatesRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 0877.57%6,98624Places about 20 candidates each month with blue-chip insurance firms
57Amber TavernsPub operatorPrestonJan 0976.74%7,01910Purchased 23 pubs from the administrators in April, saving about 100 jobs
58Allen LanePublic sector recruitment consultancyCentral LondonMay 0976.43%23,64419Clients include Ofsted and the London Business School {* Latest sales]
59Liv-exFine wine exchangeSouthwest LondonDec 0875.70%27,14521Produces an index ranking the world’s top 100 wines for investment
60People Source ConsultingIT recruitment consultancyBristolMar 0974.27%6,48022Claims to have clients in every industry sector
61ToppesfieldSpecialist surfacing contractorIpswichMay 0874.23%10,54933Recently completed a £1m resurfacing project on behalf of Transport for London
62Richmond GroupFinancial services providerBournemouthMar 0971.96%36,301372Staff, customers and company raised £150,000 for local charities {* Latest sales]
63Universal RecyclingMetal waste recyclerSouth YorkshireOct 0871.48%47,63772A renewable fuel power plant now provides a third of all its electricity requirements
64BLU 3 (UK)Infrastructure services providerCroydonMar 0870.87%14,28377Clients include Tesco, Transport for London and EDF Energy
65Opti-cal Survey EquipmentSurvey equipment supplierReadingAug 0970.35%5,03917Supplies equipment to projects including the London 2012 Olympics and Crossrail {* Latest sales]
66Mayday HealthcareRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonSep 0870.14%29,71055Claims its offices have not closed in five and a half years
67Zaha HadidArchitectCentral LondonApr 0867.43%26,231241Designs include the Z.Car, a hydrogen-powered, three-wheeled automobile
68Igloo BooksBook publisherNorthamptonMar 0867.36%7,72832Publishes about 250 titles each year, from baby nutrition guides to gardening books
69LifetimeTraining providerBristolMar 0966.40%9,793157Founder worked as a teacher and aerobics instructor before setting up the business {* Latest sales]
70ActeonSubsea services providerNorwichDec 0866.37%309,1541,595Group comprises 15 companies with services including oilwell decommissioning
71PMSSRenewable energy consultancyRomseyMar 0965.97%5,96365Claims to have provided expertise to more than 1,000 renewable-energy projects {* Latest sales]
72McKinney RogersBusiness performance consultancyCentral LondonApr 0965.10%11,04259Stint in the Royal Marines led founder to adapt military principles to the business {* Latest sales]
73Harkand GroupHarkand GroupAberdeenSep 0864.67%87,626472Recently opened offices in Singapore and Australia
74InvestigoRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonJun 0964.51%28,84059Acts as primary supplier of finance staff to Alliance Boots, Coca-Cola and Lloyds
75Timothy James ConsultingRecruitment consultancyBristolOct 0863.63%5,42830Candidates placed typically earn salaries of between £80,000 and £100,000 {* Latest sales]
76Henleys ClothingFashion retailerManchesterMar 0963.45%37,952191Says it is one of Shop Direct’s top selling brands {* Latest sales]
77Holiday TaxisAirport transfer providerWest SussexDec 0863.41%12,23848Founder set up company after Thomas Cook made him redundant
78MSS GroupFacilities management consultancyCardiffMar 0962.52%7,367287Its clients include Superdrug, Rockwool and Scottish Power
79Sprue AegisSafety products manufacturerCoventryDec 0861.86%9,36822Says it supplies 85% of British fire authorities with its smoke alarms
80Bond Aviation GroupHelicopter operatorCheltenhamMar 0861.74%62,656299Flies crews to and from drilling platforms in the North Sea
81PJ CareCare home operatorMilton KeynesMar 0860.25%5,002155Recently acquired a training company to enable it to train its own staff
82Go ApeAdventure course operatorSuffolkDec 0860.19%8,479198Says that nearly 2m customers have completed a course
83Fast & Fresh RestaurantsSubway sandwich franchiserPrestonJun 0859.84%10,643388Recent openings include restaurants at Liverpool airport
84Character WorldLicensed textile manufacturerCheshireDec 0859.65%20,81347Recently launched a Spiderman duvet set
85AdConnectionMedia agencyWimbledonMar 0959.56%14,63318New clients include Grosvenor Casinos and Trinidad and Tobago’s tourist board {* Latest sales]
86Cath KidstonLifestyle retailerWest LondonMar 0959.46%31,294275Recently published a book of sewing projects designed for use with its fabric patterns
87Applied Language SolutionsTranslation services providerManchesterMay 0959.16%6,257102Claims to have a network of more than 16,000 linguists around the world {* Latest sales]
88Balhousie Care GroupCare home operatorForfarApr 0959.02%12,734530Founder appeared on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire this year {* Latest sales]
89Maria Mallaband Care GroupCare home operatorLeedsApr 0858.85%31,8341,303Supplies 1,200 beds in 54 care homes, including one in Jersey
90Voice MobileMobile phone resellerBirminghamDec 0858.66%7,12021Says it supplies mobile phones to one in every four British police officers
91Manpower DirectSecurity services providerEssexJun 0858.00%7,399240Started in a converted warehouse by a group of engineering graduates
92NET-A-PORTER.comOnline fashion retailerCentral LondonJan 0956.54%81,546376Has raised more than £10m in funding since 2000
93DenticareDental practice operatorBedfordMar 0856.47%5,12555Provides financial assistance to help continental dentists relocate to Britain
94EurospanBook distributorCentral LondonDec 0856.09%5,47227Distributes books from publishers such as the World Bank and Stanford University Press
95PaulBakery and patisserieCentral LondonDec 0855.71%18,901413Claims it sold more than 300,000 croissants and 70,000 strawberry tartlettes last year
96Hotel Chocolat StoresChocolate retailerHertfordshireJun 0955.16%21,788287Recently opened two stores in America, and will have franchises in Dubai and Kuwait {* Latest sales]
97B&M RetailDiscount retailerLiverpoolDec 0854.60%255,9223,119Claims that more than 1.5m shoppers enter its stores each week
98CMC PartnershipBusiness management consultancyMonmouthshireJan 0953.30%13,26250Clients include the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign Office and the Welsh Assembly
99Outsource UKRecruitment consultancySwindonMay 0953.29%18,23421Company was founded in the managing director’s spare bedroom
100David Phillips FurnitureFurniture retailerCentral LondonMar 0852.92%12,27373Furnished more than 100 apartments in Cyprus this year {* Latest sales]

* Supplied by Company  † Annualised figure

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