The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2010 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 2010?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 2010 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 2010 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1Buymobilephones.netOnline phone retailerDerbyshireMar 09340.15%24,53828Presented a Mini Cooper to its millionth customer
2Subocean GroupSubsea construction providerAberdeenNov 09237.14%65,142211Lays sub-sea power-transmission cables for off-shore wind farms [† Latest sales]
3VADitionHardware / software distributorHampshireMay 10195.77%23,44635Founders previously set up and sold two IT businesses
4Actegy HealthHome healthcare devicesAscotJun 10193.81%17,02412Founders replicated the family’s business in Australia and later acquired it [* Latest sales]
5Planet CruiseCruise and tour holidays operatorHampshireAug 09181.97%13,51926Launched a holiday TV show on the Ideal World Home Shopping network
6Your Golf Travel.comGolf travel retailerCentral LondonDec 09158.06%16,42041Co-founders started golf tournament to support Help for Heroes
7Pathology GroupRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonSep 10151.89%27,98627Claims to have provided doctors to more than 100 NHS hospitals [* Latest sales] insurance providerNorthamptonDec 09151.17%9,75770Aims to recruit another 150 people over the next year
9State OilFuel wholesalerWeybridgeFeb 10144.08%261,61376Says it is the fourth-largest independent fuel importer in Britain
10powerPerfectorEnergy-saving device distributorCentral LondonDec 09140.01%29,78867Claims it has saved clients £57m in energy bills over six years
11ADEY Heating SolutionsHeating filter manufacturerCheltenhamMar 10138.66%20,52420Founders developed heating-filter prototype in their garden shed
12Badger Office SuppliesOffice products supplierLancashireMay 10133.34%7,42365Supplies re-manufactured printer cartridges to hundreds of retailers
13Global PersonalsOnline dating service providerWindsorAug 09133.18%11,80076Co-founder met his wife through one of the company’s online dating sites
14Ella’s KitchenBaby food producerHenleyJun 10129.22%16,46515Company is named after its founder’s daughter [* Latest sales]
15Team24Medical recruitment consultancySurreyApr 10125.54%30,29155Recently launched a service to check staff compliance before and after employment
16SDK JewellersOnline watch retailerReadingFeb 10122.93%6,35920Operates, which, it says, stocks 6,000 different watches [† Latest sales]
17Moonpig.comOnline greeting card retailerCentral LondonApr 10115.51%31,28573Sent out 8m greeting cards and thousands of flower bouquets in the past year
18Directline HolidaysOnline travel operatorCroydonOct 09113.50%23,57465Sales continued to rise despite the economic downturn and volcanic-ash disruption
19Green Park Interim and ExecutiveRecruitment consultancyLondonJul 10112.62%21,63436Plants one tree in collaboration with the Woodland Trust for every placement made
20Liz Hobbs GroupEvents producerNottinghamDec 09108.13%6,36512Company’s owner, Liz Hobbs, is a former British and world champion water skier
21BullionVault.comGold dealerWest LondonOct 09105.87%277,06813Won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2009
22SFC (Wholesale)Fried chicken wholesalerMerseysideMar 10104.86%20,84813Recently expanded its range of chicken products to include party boxes [* Latest sales]
23TorFXForeign exchange providerCornwallSep 09103.01%361,84951Exchanges sums from £5,000 to more than £5m
24UK Flooring DirectOnline flooring retailerWarwickshireMar 10101.06%5,97221Sells sustainably sourced wood floors and eco-friendly bamboo and cork flooring
25MiromaMedia barter companyCentral LondonJun 1095.55%32,56018Enables clients to trade inventory for advertising space [* Latest sales]
26RamsdensPawnbroker and jewellerMiddlesbroughDec 0994.42%27,030190Has grown from 19 to 72 stores in only two years
27International ApplicationsIndustrial & consumer goods distributorOxfordshireMar 1091.15%9,37212Founder started his working life as a car-panel beater
28LNT GroupCare home developerLeedsMar 0990.93%54,295228The company’s first care home was the house of the founder’s parents
29FjordDigital design consultancyCentral LondonDec 0989.50%11,86080Has gained 20 new clients in the past year
30ONEPOSTPostal management adviserBristolJun 1089.22%47,41851Recently invested £300,000 in a sorting machine to extend its services [* Latest sales]
31Ship Shape ResourcesConstruction services providerCentral LondonMay 0989.21%10,70333Eight directors worked a year without pay, and five years on reduced pay to build firm
32MPM productsPet food producerCheshireDec 0987.47%5,28317Makes high-end pet food exported to 29 countries
33LifetimeTraining providerBristolMar 1084.67%16,815178More than 12,000 delegates were trained by this company in 2009 [* Latest sales]
34Oak Furniture LandFurniture retailerSwindonSep 0984.61%17,08179Sources its wood from eastern Europe, India and Indonesia
35Natural ProductsGift makerWest LondonMay 1083.51%12,66233American subsidiary doubled turnover in 2009 to £4.1m [* Latest sales]
36Alliance SurgicalSurgery groupBirminghamMar 1082.75%8,08840This organisation of consultant surgeons is owned and run by its members
37Jack WillsFashion retailerNorthwest LondonJan 1080.98%64,7641,286Runs an apprenticeship scheme with a British mill to support British manufacturing
38Mayday HealthcareRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonSep 0980.69%56,17887Consultants are available around the clock to meet the staffing needs of clients
39IntamarqueFood and toiletries distributorCheltenhamMay 1080.47%23,59410Doubled its client base to nearly 300 retailers and wholesalers in the past 12 months
40LOC ConsultingManagement consultancyCentral LondonMar 1077.05%10,01612All of its consultants work on-site with clients such as Elsevier
41Nexus Vehicle RentalVehicle rental brokerLeedsSep 0976.96%19,38531Arranges rental of more than 250,000 cars and vans for 300 businesses annually
42Next VenturesRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 0976.72%8,31237Rewards good employee performance with weekend trips away
43HiggidyPie makerWest SussexSep 1076.60%8,107125More than 100 kitchen staff handmake around 100,000 pies and quiches each week [* Latest sales]
44Joseph JosephHousehold goods manufacturerCentral LondonMay 1076.42%12,25530A dress made entirely of its plastic chopping boards was modelled at a fashion show [* Latest sales]
45B&M RetailDiscount retailerLiverpoolDec 0976.20%426,6574,831Some 1.5m shoppers bargain-hunt among up to 200 new lines introduced each week
46MarkitFinancial information servicesCity of LondonDec 0975.67%305,3921,389General Atlantic paid a reported $250m for a 7.5% stake in the company in January
47Black TomatoLuxury travel agencyGreater LondonDec 0975.49%6,79025Organises bespoke travel to more than 100 countries around the world
48Box LimitedOnline IT resellerBirminghamOct 0974.63%17,94732Recently moved into a new £1.1m warehouse facility in Sutton Coldfield
49Knowledge To ActionTrader coaching programme providerLondonDec 0972.81%9,497105Firm’s 35-year-old founder quit his job to set up an eight-screen trading floor at home
50RaphaCycling apparel maker and retailerNorth LondonOct 1072.18%6,96035Collaborated with designer Paul Smith for its new city bike riding range [* Latest sales]
51Getting PersonalOnline gift retailerCheshireMay 1071.97%9,47047Personalises chocolate bars by printing the recipient’s name on the wrapper [* Latest sales]
52Grand UnionVenue and bar operatorCentral LondonMar 1071.86%5,883192Founder previously worked as a chef in a restaurant with three Michelin stars [* Latest sales]
53Global Energy GroupEnergy services providerInvernessMar 0971.43%119,028772The founder is chairman and benefactor of Ross County Football Club
54AllSaintsFashion retailerCentral LondonJan 1071.35%132,8541,961Uses 10,000 sewing machines as displays in its shop windows
55Marlin Financial GroupDebt purchaserWest SussexDec 0970.97%11,54268This year bought £250m of debt from British banks to recover it
564th Dimension InnovationMotorcycle claims handlerEghamMar 0970.82%5,27985Handled 30,000 motorcycle claims for insurers in 2009
57AV PromotionsIncentive scheme supplierAylesburyAug 1068.15%18,39213Supplied one iPod every five minutes in the year to August 2010 [* Latest sales]
58Nicoll Curtin TechnologyIT recruitment agencyLondonJun 0968.02%14,50054Says it has 150,000 candidates on its database
59Wilton GroupOffshore services providerMiddlesbroughJun 1067.41%37,637405Contracts range from £500 painting jobs to providing equipment worth £10.5m [* Latest sales]
60Post-SwitchPostal services consultancyCentral LondonAug 1065.38%7,60211Responsible for the Conservative party’s campaign mail in the 2010 election [* Latest sales]
61Timothy James ConsultingRecruitment consultancyBristolOct 0964.23%9,99232Had to find new London offices three months after opening due to rapid growth
62Lois JewelleryJewellery wholesaler & bullion dealerBirminghamMar 0963.81%43,19510Bought the 1904 car registration plate AU1, the chemical symbol for gold
63Amber TavernsPub operatorPrestonJan 1063.06%13,92617Aims to double its portfolio of pubs to 110 by 2014
64Empiric SolutionsRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonAug 1062.77%11,49419Counts as clients 50 investors and asset managers, including ING and Fortis [* Latest sales]
65World FirstInternational payments providerCentral LondonJan 1062.75%8,28167Says it donates up to £50 to charity for every customer who completes its survey
66QuidcoCash-back website operatorCentral LondonJul 1062.60%32,07834Recently bought by former chief executive of [* Latest sales]
67McKinney RogersBusiness performance consultancyCentral LondonApr 1062.04%12,61360Is developing a college modelled on Sandhurst for business leaders [* Latest sales]
68Sprue AegisSafety products manufacturerCoventryDec 0961.88%14,35629Supplies smoke detectors to 50 fire brigades across the country
69Cath KidstonLifestyle retailerWest LondonMar 1059.62%50,369383Says it uses enough fabric each year to wrap the M25 twenty times [* Latest sales]
70DanbroPayroll services providerBlackpoolMar 1058.69%60,6551,488For its first two years the business was run from the founder’s spare room [* Latest sales]
71TXO SystemsTelecoms infrastructure resellerWindsorJun 1056.59%6,76022Claims that all the members of its sales team are multilingual [* Latest sales]
72Richmond GroupFinancial services providerBournemouthMar 1055.74%46,412439Says that 10,000 people per week apply for small loans from the company [* Latest sales]
73jjFOXRecruitment consultancyBristolDec 0955.55%14,76689The firm’s job titles are ranks of the Japanese samurai
74Wow! StuffBranded toy makerWolverhamptonJan 1054.50%9,29846Is launching an 8ft tall radio-controlled crab at New York Toy Fair in February 2011
75Goodman AssociatesMedia and advertising agencyCentral LondonDec 0954.34%9,32410Specialises in selling travel advertising space, particularly for cruises
76Catering AcademyContract catererStaffordshireDec 0953.92%15,829668Sponsors a school in Mozambique, providing 140 free meals a day
77Direct TravellerSpecialist tour operatorSurreyMar 1052.80%5,37610Claims its website can offer 110 different flight routes to Cyprus from Britain [* Latest sales]
78Redfern TravelBusiness travel agentBradfordDec 0952.38%31,37533Its booking system recommends energy-saving trips to boost clients’ green credentials
79MenKindMen's gifts retailerSurreyMar 1052.18%13,742108One-stop shop for men’s gifts offering watches and cuff links as well as gadgets
80Henleys ClothingFashion retailerManchesterMar 1051.03%48,288295Appears for the fourth consecutive year on the Fast Track 100 league table [* Latest sales]
81M8 GroupConsumer website operatorWest LothianSep 1049.83%10,59663This group operates two websites selling pet and garden accessories [* Latest sales]
82eXPD8Retail services providerBristolMar 0949.60%7,388723The founders’ first client also provided the start-up funding for the company
83ShP SolutionsMobile phone recyclerLancasterDec 0947.94%8,04562Claims to have raised £3m in partnership with charities such as Childline
84JoulesClothing retailerLeicestershireMay 0947.90%35,122315This year it introduced its Baby Joule and high-end Boutique collections [† Latest sales]
85PPFDriver recruitment agencyLutonDec 0947.51%40,89854Bucked the credit crunch, winning 17 additional contracts during the recession
86GO OutdoorsOutdoor equipment retailerSheffieldJan 1047.50%74,005497Says that a climber preparing for Everest could buy all but two items from its stores [† Latest sales]
87Morgan Law RecruitmentRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonSep 0947.23%36,26652Celebrated its 10th anniversary this year
88Opti-cal Survey EquipmentSurvey equipment supplierReadingAug 1047.18%6,43024Supplies some of the equipment being used to build the 2012 Olympic village [* Latest sales]
89Trojan ElectronicsElectrical manufacturer & recyclerSwanseaMar 1047.12%5,44996Says it recycles 1,200 tonnes of items a year for retail clients
90Tangerine ConfectioneryConfectionery manufacturerBlackpoolDec 0947.11%154,5491,343Claims to be Britain’s largest privately owned confectionery manufacturer
91WiggleOnline sports goods retailerPortsmouthJan 1046.91%55,59792Sells sports gear to more than 70 countries
92Balhousie Care GroupCare home operatorForfarApr 1046.61%15,897636Makes its third consecutive appearance on the Fast Track 100 league table [* Latest sales] hotel-room supplierHoveSep 1046.53%13,39516Sells hotel rooms exclusively to travel agents [* Latest sales]
94AJ BellPension administratorManchesterSep 0946.43%38,491299Says it has £13.7 billion of client assets under its administration
95The Book DepositoryOnline book retailerGloucesterJun 1045.54%74,27258At peak periods sends out more than 50,000 hand-packed orders a day [* Latest sales]
96BLU 3 (UK)Infrastructure services providerCroydonMar 1045.41%23,252122Company is renewing the Victorian water pipes in southeast England at present [* Latest sales]
97EnduraBike apparel manufacturerWest LothianApr 1045.29%10,55571Supplied double-padded cycle shorts for the quidditch scenes in Harry Potter [* Latest sales]
98Ten Lifestyle ManagementConcierge service providerCentral LondonAug 0945.27%11,300183Says it answered its millionth request in September 2010
99PieministerGourmet pie bakerBristolMar 1045.24%4,99389Produces branded pies such as its steak and stilton “moo and blue” pie [* Latest sales]
100Go ApeAdventure course operatorSuffolkDec 0943.57%10,572249Saw its high-ropes adventure courses make their debut in America this year

* Supplied by Company  † Annualised figure

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