The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2011 - Fast Track 100 League Table

What is the Fast Track 100 – 2011?
The Fast Track 100 league table ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales in 2011 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 2011 Results

RankCompanyActivityLocationYear endAnnual sales rise over 3 yearsLatest sales £000sStaffComment
1Clinigen GroupPharmaceutical services providerBurton on TrentJun 11242.05%35,02448Added £23m in sales this year through acquisitions
2Secured MailBulk mail service providerWarringtonJul 10232.76%32,55661Collects 400m letters nationwide each year
3Diet ChefDiet meal retailerEdinburghJul 11228.69%11,85245Founder’s first job was as personal chef to the Mountbatten family [* Latest sales]
4Mobile Account SolutionsPhone and tablet providerHertfordshireMar 11194.45%27,33110Supplies mobile phones to Childline and Amnesty International
5TopCashbackCashback website operatorStaffordshireJan 11189.27%15,51217Claims that the average customer receives £50 cashback per year
6MedstromNHS product supplierDerbyshireFeb 11166.72%5,54375Supplies high-tech cots that can x-ray and weigh critically ill children [* Latest sales]
7Côte RestaurantsRestaurant operatorCentral LondonJul 11166.35%35,583894Backed by Richard Caring and is run by the former owners of the Strada restaurant chain
8Veetee FoodsPackaged food manufacturerKentDec 10163.83%11,14538Sells 25m trays of premium ready-cooked rice each year
9Notonthehighstreet.comOnline retail marketplaceRichmondDec 10154.65%15,08045Estimates that it has received £50m in free PR from free press coverage [* Latest sales]
10Lois JewelleryJewellery wholesaler & bullion dealerBirminghamMar 10150.13%263,00912Melts down about 150kg of gold each day
11AES InternationalFinancial services providerWest LondonApr 11144.89%5,47119Started out providing financial advice for expats in hazardous regions and professions
12Austin FraserRecruitment consultancyReadingFeb 11142.12%7,10128Its first office was a garage owned by the father of one of the founders [* Latest sales]
13Be Wiser InsuranceInsurance brokerAndoverMay 11139.07%12,148141Checks more than 30 insurance companies when searching for quotes for customers
14Electricity Network SolutionsElectricity infrastructure servicerNorthamptonshireSep 10136.05%9,735115Refurbished 900km of overhead electricity lines last year [† Latest sales] insurance providerNorthamptonDec 10134.01%14,58362Operates an expatriate office in Spain [* Latest sales]
16PhoVietnamese restaurant chainCentral LondonFeb 11132.59%5,374130Up to 2,000 people are served freshly cooked dishes at its Westfield site each day [* Latest sales]
17Actegy HealthHome healthcare devicesAscotJun 11130.44%22,91127Has recently opened a new office in Montreal [* Latest sales]
18sofa.comOnline sofa retailerSouthwest LondonFeb 10128.82%6,85237Paid $200,000 for its internet domain name
19Mobile Phone XchangeMobile phone recyclerNorthwest LondonDec 10128.01%10,23518Claims to pay on average £57 to customers for their old mobile phones [* Latest sales]
20Baird & CoBullion merchantEast LondonDec 10115.27%417,16753Makes 50,000 wedding rings a year
21First UtilityEnergy supplierWarwickDec 10114.53%60,537145Its smart meters send out readings of electricity usage every 30 minutes
22Liquid FridayPayroll services providerPortsmouthJul 11112.72%31,4051,450Provides financial services to contractors and temporary workers [* Latest sales]
23La Fosse AssociatesTechnology recruitment consultancyCentral LondonSep 11109.08%11,29438Supports 250 children in a Malawi orphanage [* Latest sales]
24feelunique.comOnline beauty products retailerJerseyMar 11105.50%16,056118Gives its VIP club customers 10% off their favourite brand for life [* Latest sales]
25Ella’s KitchenBaby food producerHenleyJun 1199.89%30,28935Claims that one of its products is eaten somewhere every second [* Latest sales]
26Your Golf Travel.comGolf travel retailerCentral LondonDec 1099.28%26,40559Has set up Golf for Heroes, which allows injured soldiers to play golf for free
27Ashbury Construction ServicesBuilding contractorIpswichMar 1199.05%6,17811Founder started in the building trade as a bricklayer at the age of 16 [* Latest sales]
28Global PersonalsOnline dating service providerWindsorAug 1098.41%13,69377Says it has created more than 6,000 dating websites for 1,400 companies
29BullionVault.comGold dealerWest LondonOct 1094.51%304,24817Founded when Gordon Brown, as chancellor, sold off half of Britain’s gold reserve
30Surfdome.comOnline lifestyle retailerWembleyDec 1092.11%7,26150Founder originally planned to open an indoor surf centre
31Fever-TreeMixer drinks manufacturerSouthwest LondonDec 1091.13%6,66411Says it uses the highest quality quinine sourced from Congolese ‘fever trees’
32DatacenterDynamicsPublisher & conference producerCentral LondonDec 1090.12%10,331702,500 delegates attended the company’s annual London conference this year [* Latest sales]
33Pathology GroupRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonSep 1189.17%35,96452Donates funds to hospitals in the Czech Republic to buy equipment [* Latest sales]
34Joseph JosephHousehold goods manufacturerCentral LondonMay 1188.06%22,47537Its colourful kitchenware has been a recent hit with customers in Mexico [* Latest sales]
35FidelitiChildcare voucher administratorWarringtonMar 1186.76%41,29819Customers for its vouchers include employees of Virgin Trains and Heinz
36Shortlist MediaMagazine / digital publisherCentral LondonAug 1186.28%15,26378Co-founded by the former editor of FHM magazine [* Latest sales]
37GRITITWinter gritting specialistUxbridgeSep 1082.98%5,176100Founders met on a gritting job and thought they could do better [* Latest sales]
38RED5Gift and gadget retailerHullMar 1081.80%10,824205Products include a rubber duck speaker for listening to music in the bath
39Make It CheaperBusiness cost saving serviceCentral LondonMar 1078.77%5,02462This price comparison service claims to broker 90,000 contracts a year [* Latest sales]
40MPM productsPet food producerCheshireDec 1078.15%8,70220Premium cat food varieties include tuna-and-ostrich
41LifetimeTraining providerBristolMar 1177.75%23,639239Has extended its fitness training services to retailing, hospitality and care provision
42State OilFuel wholesalerWeybridgeFeb 1177.38%419,68192Blends imported diesel with up to 50% biofuel at its facility on the Thames
43MiromaMedia barter companyCentral LondonJun 1176.94%50,55515Enables clients to trade inventory for advertising space [* Latest sales]
44Mayday HealthcareRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonSep 1072.65%56,768102Makes its fourth consecutive appearance in the Fast Track 100
45APS SaladsTomato supplierCheshireDec 1072.19%34,97984Sells 300m tomatoes each year to British supermarkets
46Liquid PersonnelRecruitment consultancyManchesterMar 1170.79%12,44224Co-founder sold his car to raise the money to start the business
47Amber TavernsPub operatorPrestonJan 1170.49%18,49415Often spends more on refurbishing a pub than on the purchase price
48Clinical ProfessionalsRecruitment consultancyReadingApr 1169.92%5,47162Makes placements in 22 countries [* Latest sales]
49MarkitFinancial information servicesCity of LondonDec 1069.86%432,5241,736Recently launched an iPad app to help its clients monitor financial data on the move
50Low Cost Travel GroupTravel operatorWest SussexOct 1069.79%27,054145Claims to have become the exclusive holiday supplier to easyJet and
51Oliver James AssociatesRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 1068.65%17,59250Founded by childhood friends James Wase-Rogers, Oliver Castle and Nick Godson
52Patisserie ValeriePatisserie and cafe operatorBirminghamSep 1067.79%33,4241,027In the past 18 months the company has created more than 500 jobs
53SDK JewellersOnline watch retailerReadingFeb 1167.66%8,63030Operates, which claims to stock 9,000 different watches [* Latest sales]
54International ApplicationsIndustrial & consumer goods distributorOxfordshireMar 1166.94%16,43322Exports goods across Europe, Africa and the Middle East
55Climate EnergyEnergy efficiency consultancyEssexJul 1066.94%30,88063Began offering energy advice on behalf of local authorities in Essex [† Latest sales]
56Badger Office SuppliesOffice products supplierLancashireMay 1166.55%9,68351Has recently invested £3m in a new 80,000 sq ft industrial unit
57OneE TaxTax planning specialistBoltonDec 1066.24%17,53635Its last tax solution cost £1m to create, most of which was spent on lawyers’ fees [† Latest sales]
58Chain Reaction CyclesOnline bike retailerCounty AntrimDec 1066.01%109,420365Sponsored the International Triathlon Union World Championship Series in 2011
59GBEBuilding services providerKentSep 1064.48%13,33116Installed mechanical pipes 90cm in diameter for the Olympic village
60Euro Communications DistributionTelecoms resellerWolverhamptonMar 1163.58%8,82340Recycles 5,000 mobile phones a week [* Latest sales]
61Nexus Vehicle RentalVehicle rental brokerLeedsSep 1062.84%33,50473Sourced refuse trucks for use in an episode of the BBC’s The Apprentice
62Cartridge SaveComputer consumables resellerStockportDec 1061.65%8,22131Uses techniques designed for testing fighter jets to sell printer cartridges online [* Latest sales]
63Jack WillsFashion retailerNorthwest LondonJan 1161.14%92,2301,870Company was named after a grandfather of one of the co-founders
64Grand UnionVenue and bar operatorCentral LondonMar 1161.00%7,495228Its Wandsworth branch has a 48-foot bar surrounding an oak tree [* Latest sales]
65Sprue AegisSafety products manufacturerCoventryDec 1060.22%29,87372Has developed a carbon monoxide sensor the size of a pound coin
66Timothy James ConsultingRecruitment consultancyBristolOct 1060.08%16,82370Helps recruit finance directors for public and private companies
67Mammoth ScreenTelevision programme producerCentral LondonOct 1059.91%8,22810Makers of the Inspector Morse prequel, Endeavour
68TXO SystemsTelecoms infrastructure resellerWindsorJun 1159.79%8,74832Received advice from telecoms billionaire Sir Terry Matthews on growing the business [* Latest sales]
69Genuine SolutionsMobile accessories distributorSurreyJan 1157.82%18,03081Won the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2011 [* Latest sales]
70Buymobilephones.netOnline phone retailerDerbyshireMar 1057.69%30,96275Now offers cash for old phones as part of its new recycling scheme
71Waterfall ServicesContract catererCheshireMar 1157.52%43,2612,231Provides contract catering for the YMCA
72Intuition IT SolutionsIT recruitment consultancyWest LondonApr 1157.47%6,38416Has recently celebrated turning over £1m in a month for the first time [* Latest sales]
73Age PartnershipEquity release adviserLeedsDec 1057.11%5,60475Set up by former directors of Ultralase, the laser eye-surgery business
74Thomas FranksContract catererOxfordshireSep 1056.29%7,457275Uses locally sourced ingredients for food freshly produced in each restaurant [* Latest sales]
75LorclonCivil engineerWest LondonMar 1156.09%6,996130Sales have been boosted by the London Olympics and the Docklands railway extension [* Latest sales]
76Senergy HoldingsEnergy consultancyAberdeenMay 1055.48%89,716450Has offices in Norway, the Middle East, Australia, North America and southeast Asia [* Latest sales]
77Whitehall ResourcesRecruitment consultancyColchesterMay 1155.46%14,46221A quarter of turnover is generated through placements overseas [* Latest sales]
78Future Home CareHome care providerBirminghamMar 1154.92%15,264707Provides home support enabling people with special needs to lead independent lives [* Latest sales]
79Quercus PublishingPublisherCentral LondonDec 1054.45%31,78441Biggest seller is Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy
80GO OutdoorsOutdoor equipment retailerSheffieldJan 1153.86%115,2386513i acquired a minority stake in a £28m deal earlier this year
81World FirstInternational payments providerCentral LondonJan 1153.86%11,99697Claims to have transferred a client’s funds to Germany in less than seven minutes
82JoulesClothing retailerLeicestershireMay 1053.53%51,167465Tom Joule bought into his father’s company after selling wellies at a country show
83East Midlands PharmaPharmaceutical supplies distributorLeicestershireFeb 1153.19%6,49635Founded by a biochemist and an aerospace engineer
84Kennedy Pearce ConsultingRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 1053.08%5,53732Makes placements at all levels across the accountancy and finance sectors [*† Latest sales]
85WiggleOnline sports goods retailerPortsmouthJan 1153.01%86,787131Company is chaired by cycling enthusiast and former Asda boss Andy Bond
86Texel FinanceInsurance brokerCentral LondonDec 1052.98%6,17414Has benefited from mounting worries about the financial stability of some countries
87Next VenturesRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonDec 1052.50%14,21139Makes its third consecutive appearance in the Fast Track 100
88Liv-exFine wine exchangeSouthwest LondonDec 1052.24%52,56421Has launched universal product codes for wine
89Specialty PowdersFood manufacturerNorth YorkshireDec 1052.17%10,83444Recently diversified into sports protein drinks by acquiring a Dutch company
90Goodman AssociatesMedia and advertising agencyCentral LondonDec 1051.78%12,10510Places about 30,000 advertisements each year
91Cath KidstonLifestyle retailerWest LondonMar 1151.75%67,264518Former Claire’s boss Kenny Wilson recently joined the company as chief executive [*† Latest sales]
92TeacherActiveRecruitment consultancyBirminghamDec 1051.18%6,23522Is opening three offices in the north of England to target that area in the next few years
93Transglobal FuelsWholesale fuel supplierWest YorkshireMar 1151.13%30,20511Sells 50m litres of fuel each year [* Latest sales]
94Oak Furniture LandFurniture retailerSwindonSep 1051.08%25,913113The average customer spend in its shops is double the average online spend
95MenKindMen's gifts retailerSurreyMar 1150.88%18,187220Sponsors men’s cancer charity Everyman [* Latest sales]
96Marlin Financial GroupDebt purchaserWest SussexDec 1050.83%17,872100Bought £60m of sub-prime debt this year, triple last year’s figure [* Latest sales]
97Thomson Keene AssociatesRecruitment consultancyCentral LondonMar 1150.66%7,62028Company started in the spare bedroom of its founder [* Latest sales]
98Ship Shape ResourcesConstruction services providerCentral LondonMay 1050.63%19,82235Claims to have spent more than £1m on the technology behind its payroll services
99UK Flooring DirectOnline flooring retailerWarwickshireMar 1150.14%8,99927Sells sustainably sourced wood floors and eco-friendly bamboo and cork flooring [* Latest sales]
100Calcot Health & LeisureHotel and spa operatorGloucestershireDec 1049.64%10,812345Rooms at its country house hotels start from £250 a night

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